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Updated: Laverty victorious in dramatic opening race

Sunday, August 28 2011

Swan Yamaha's Michael Laverty secured his second victory of the season in a dramatic opening race of the weekend at Cadwell Park as he withstood the pressure from team-mate Tommy Hill before the race was red flagged due to rain at the start of the eleventh lap. There was also fierce contention from the Title Fighter contenders as Michael Rutter and Josh Brookes clashed.

Laverty said: "I am feeling pretty happy with that win as it is good for my championship and trying to consolidate the position in the top six for the Showdown.  I got off to a good start and was able to set the pace but I did make a few mistakes and knew that Tommy was close behind me. The Swan Yamaha was working well and we have more to come. I think it was the right call to stop the race when it started to rain in places and I am chuffed to have claimed pole and a race win today."

Laverty got a flying start off the front row to take the lead from team-mate Hill on the opening lap as the pair edged out over their rivals as the next group of Michael Rutter, Josh Brookes and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne duelled for the final podium position. Ryuichi Kiyonari then joined the fray after a flying start from the fifth row to move up to eighth after the opening lap and was tucked in behind team-mate Byrne by the fifth lap after moving ahead of rival Gary Mason who is also challenging for a position as a Title Fighter in the Showdown.

On the sixth lap there was drama for Title Fighter contender Rutter as the Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati rider and Brookes made contact into Hall Bends and he crashed out whilst the Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider was able to continue and maintain his third place. He was later excluded from the result. Rutter suffered broken ribs and will need a medical in the morning to determine whether he will be fit to ride in the two races tomorrow.

Byrne was able to claim fourth after missing out on the podium, whilst Jon Kirkham was able to get ahead of Kiyonari for fifth place which has put the Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki within one point of Gary Mason in the overall standings in eighth whilst Rutter remains seventh in the standings on 130.

Martin Jessopp was eighth ahead of Peter Hickman and Glen Richards on the leading WFR Honda finishing tenth to win the Mirror.co.uk BSB Evo race.

UPDATE: 18:30 - Brookes was excluded from the race following judicial decision - in full here

UPDATED: MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park, race one result (rescheduled from Oulton Park):

  1. Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha)
  2. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.214s
  3. Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) +1 lap
  4. Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) +1 lap
  5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +1 lap
  6. Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +1 lap
  7. Martin Jessopp (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) +1 lap
  8. Peter Hickman (Tyco Honda) +1 lap
  9. Glen Richards (WFR Honda) +1 lap
  10. Chris Walker (Pr1mo Racing Kawasaki) +1 lap

UPDATED: MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Cadwell Park race one:

  1. Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) 271 (THROUGH TO SHOWDOWN)
  2. John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) 231 (THROUGH TO SHOWDOWN)
  3. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 230 (THROUGH TO SHOWDOWN)
  4. Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) 188
  5. Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) 146
  6. Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) 146
  7. Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) 130
  8. Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) 125
  9. Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) 125
  10. Peter Hickman (Tyco Honda) 106