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Laverty is fit and ready to crash podium

Swan Yamaha’s Michael Laverty will be looking to make amends during Monday’s May Day Bank holiday British Superbike meeting at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

The 29-year-old Toomebridge man showed great promise during the opening round at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday, but a high speed crash whilst leading race one and a hard-fought fourth place in the second outing, have left him hungry for podium honours this weekend.

“I’m feeling pretty fit after the crash at Brands and nothing seems to be lingering,” explained Laverty.

“I’ve come round pretty good. This will be my first time riding Oulton on the Yamaha but the flowing nature of the circuit should suit the bike, so I’m hoping for a good weekend.

“I’ll be looking for podiums again and hopefully even a win, but getting into and staying in the top six is important, as if you’re not careful, without a bit of consistency this championship can bite you.”

Laverty trails his Swan Yamaha team-mate and series leader Tommy Hill by 32 points after the opening round.

And while the series will take on its usual top six Shoot-Out format this season — with the title decided at the final three rounds — it’s important for the former British Supersport champion to get in among the podium credits.

HM Plant Honda’s Shane Byrne and Hill shared the victory spoils at Brands.

MSS Discovery Kawasaki’s Stuart Easton impressively slotted into third place in the Championship standings with two solid finishes on the opening weekend.

And current champion Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) bounced back with a second place finish in race two after mechanical gremlins forced him out of race one.

He slots into fourth place in the championship standings with Michael Rutter fifth and Tommy Bridewell sixth.

Local team Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing and their new signing Josh Brookes amazingly finished the opening weekend without a point on the board.

After a disastrous qualifying, with Brookes languishing in 13th place, the Aussie crashed out spectacularly after forcing his way through to second place.

His monumental spill at the top of Paddock Hill forced him out of race two with minor concussion, but the Aussie is confident of clawing back some pride at Oulton Park.

Brookes said: “I was totally confident at Brands once I got into second place but it all ended at Paddock Hill.

“I’m upbeat because I really can’t believe how I didn’t injure myself in such a big crash.

“Now I’m just looking forward to Oulton Park this weekend and getting back into the mix.”

Toome’s John Laverty has decided to sit out this weekend after losing part of his ring finger in one of Brands Hatch’s opening day crashes.

Laverty went under the knife earlier this week, so it looks like Ian Lowry will fly the solitary BMW flag for the Buildbase team this weekend.

In the Supersport class Carrick’s Alastair Seeley will be chasing yet another victory on his Relentless Suzuki with Glenn Irwin and Stuart Elwood the pick of local talent in the National 600cc class.

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