It was a motorcycling weekend to remember for the Laverty brothers from Toomebridge, Eugene and Michael posting three podiums between them in World Supersport and British Superbikes, respectively.
Eugene raced to another Supersport win at the World Superbikes at Misano in Italy and older brother Michael took his fourth and fifth consecutive British Superbike podiums at Mallory Park.
Veteran racer Jeremy McWilliams also got in on the weekend’s champagne party at the Leicestershire venue, taking second place in the Harley Davidson XR1200 Trophy, and now leads the championship by nine points from Mike Edwards.
Eugene Laverty’s faultless performance at Misano gave him his fifth victory from eight starts this season on the Parkalgar Honda.
The Toomebridge lad now sits proudly at the top of the current World Supersport standings, three points clear of closest rival Kenan Sofuoglu on the Ten Kate Honda and Spain’s Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki), a further 10 points adrift.
Laverty, who started the race from second place on the grid, quickly became the dominant force and is now delighted to be back in pole position in the championship.
Eugene said: “Early on in the race I bided my time as I didn’t want to make any silly mistakes, then I got into the lead and kept pushing. It is a relief and a big weight off my shoulders to be back in the lead of the championship, where I feel we belong, and to have five wins out of eight races in very pleasing.”
Jonathan Rea’s heartache continued in the World Superbike Championship, the Ballyclare
rider having to settle for lowly 13th and 12th placed finishes on the ill-handling Hannspree Ten Kate Honda at Misano — the scene of his debut victory just 12 months ago.
The two WSB races were won by Italian Max Biaggi on the factory Alitalia Aprilia, and the former MotoGP star extends his leads over nearest rival in the series Leon Haslam to 37 points, with Carlos Checa leapfrogging Rea into third, 98 points behind Haslam and 14 ahead of the Ulsterman.
Michael Laverty’s British Superbike double podium, with two third places, further secures his overall third place in the championship standings, although the 29-year-old was disappointed not to add to his solitary BSB victory, after such a strong qualifying on Saturday.
Japan’s Ryuichi Kiyonari, already a double British Superbike champion, won both races.
Carrick’s Alastair Seeley slipped a few points further outside the magical top six, after scoring only 11 points for his weekend’s efforts with 10th and 11th placed finishes on his Relentless TAS Suzuki.