BSB: Laverty back in title hunt after race two win
Michael Laverty is now firmly back in the 2016 MCE British Superbike title hunt after a strong weekend saw him finish first and second at Thruxton.
Hard work on tyre conservation throughout the weekend paid off for the Tyco BMW rider, who was the only man to get close to fastest-man throughout the weekend Shane Byrne. After taking a strong second in the opening race, Laverty put himself in the right place at the right time for race two, inheriting the lead when Byrne retired with a technical problem.
Riding a sensible race with tyre management in mind, Laverty kept Honda’s Jason O’Halloran at bay to take his second victory of the season.
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“I’ve had a lot of misfortune this season, so it was nice to see Lady Luck shining on us a little bit today,” he said after ther ace.
“I still had to ride for it and was really patient on the Tyco BMW S1000RR, managing my tyre up until three laps to go. I had kept enough in reserve to put a small gap into the group behind and win the race comfortably. We worked all weekend on the long game, making sure our tactics worked correctly and we had plenty of tyre left for the second half of the races.
“It paid off and to come away with a win and a second place on a circuit that I wouldn’t have said was one of our strongest, is a phenomenal achievement for Tyco BMW. We’ve had our strongest day of the season here points-wise, but we needed that and the aim is to keep building from here and see what we can do at Brands Hatch.”