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Laverty rings in race two victory in BSB

Sunday, June 24 2012

Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty celebrated the second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race win of the day at Knockhill after ringing in a victory ahead of title rivals Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and defending champion Tommy Hill.

Hill had led on the opening lap after a flying start from the pole position on the Swan Yamaha from Byrne and Laverty with Ian Lowry also in contention, passing him on the opening lap. The Samsung Honda rider then moved ahead of his Padgetts Honda rival and then hounded the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki of Byrne before slip-streaming him into turn one on the fourth lap. Laverty was then attacking Hill with a move into the Hairpin on the sixth lap before the defending champion cut back tight on the exit to regain the position. Laverty made the move stick on the twelfth lap and that left Byrne piling the pressure on Hill in his bid to move second. Byrne claimed the second position on the 13th lap on the inside line into the Hairpin and then held off his Swan Yamaha rival to the finish line.

Laverty said: "After Snetterton there were a few people that said it would be a one off as we had tested there and wrote me off, but this weekend proves that we can be up fighting for the title too. I knew it would be between me, Shakey and Tommy in that race and I had been confident with our pace all weekend. I wasn't overly dissatisfied with the first race but we made some changes that gave me more confidence in the front for the second one. I made some early passes and then controlled it from the front and it worked out perfectly. Our championship is really back on track now so we are looking forward to Oulton Park."

Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes was fourth on the leading Tyco Suzuki after a battle with Noriyuki Haga earlier in the race; the Japanese rider had moved as high as fifth before he crashed out unhurt at Scotsman with twelve laps remaining. The battle for fifth went to James Westmoreland on the WFR Honda whilst Tommy Bridewell claimed another top six finish for the Supersonic BMW team after holding off Alastair Seeley and Alex Lowes during the race. Graeme Gowland and Ian Lowry completed the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Knockhill, race two result:

  1. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda)
  2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.765s
  3. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +3.091s
  4. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +4.119s
  5. James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +11.068s
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +11.227s
  7. Alastair Seeley (Tyco Suzuki) +13.074s
  8. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +15.389s
  9. Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda) +16.658s
  10. Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) +21.224s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Knockhill:

  1. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 159
  2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 153
  3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 150
  4. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) 122
  5. Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) 79
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) 77

For the full result click here

The triple-header next round of the 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park on 6/7/8 July. Advance adult tickets for raceday (Sunday) cost from £25 online in advance with children aged 12 and under free. For more information and to book  click here or call 0843 453 9000.