BSB: Progress for Laverty at Assen

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Michael Laverty left the penultimate round of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship feeling positive after a return to the top six in both of Sunday’s races.

The Northern Irishman has been fighting to get in the top ten in recent races but an improvement in form for Assen saw him pushing further towards the front.

While he was able to run with the leading group in the first of the two races, a brake problem meant he was unable to make any solid moves on the bikes around him while in race two he was left to fight back through the pack after an incident involving team-mate Christian Iddon. 


“Two sixth places isn’t exactly what we want, but it’s been a positive weekend all round,” he said. “Right from FP1 I felt happier on the bike. The team made some changes between Donington Park and now and it’s been a good weekend. I’ve slowly been getting the confidence and feeling back that I had earlier in the season on the Tyco BMW. Race day I could have done more and that’s a little frustrating. In race two the conditions weren’t ideal at the start and I was maybe a bit cautious, but had a coming together with Christian and ran off track and I had to work hard to get back. I was actually faster in some areas but couldn’t find a way through.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing