Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Title tilt looking super for Laverty

Michael Laverty

Michael Laverty continued his fine run of form in the British Superbike championship when he finished second and third in the two races at Cadwell Park yesterday to move into third place overall.

Two good: Michael Laverty had two podium finishes at Cadwell Park |yesterday to move into third place in the British Superbike series

In race one the Toomebridge rider was in a safe second place on the penultimate lap when race leader Ryuichi Kiyonari made an error and ran across the grass at Hall Bends allowing the Relentless Suzuki By TAS into a lead which was short-lived as the Japanese rider stormed back to overtake Laverty and take the chequered flag.

Laverty explained: “I suffered arm pump in the closing stages of the race and when Kiyonari made the mistake and left me in the lead I knew I couldn’t hold him off when he challenged me. However I'm well pleased with second.”

In race two Kiyonari never made the start due to a mechanical problem on the warm-up lap and Laverty shot into the lead only for Australian Josh Brookes to move ahead on lap two immediately opening up a race winning lead.

Laverty was under pressure from Michael Rutter and championship leader Tommy Hill, who shot into second on lap 14.

A lap later the race was stopped following a crash and Laverty was declared third behind Brookes and Hill.

A delighted Laverty said: “It has been a good day with two podiums. In the second race I suffered from rear tyre grip and was being conservative on the brakes to save the arm pump. I’ve scored good points today and following my victory at Oulton in the last round I’m definitely now in the championship chase behind Hill and Brookes.”

John Laverty maintained his impressive form in the series with a sixth position in race one, going one better in race two on the Buildbase Kawasaki to maintain sixth position in the series, while seventh in the championship points chase is North West 200 double winner Alastair Seeley who was ninth in race one improving to seventh in race two yesterday as Motorpoint Yamaha rider Ian Lowry finished 11th and 12th.

Antrim rider John Simpson had a day to remember, winning the Superstock 600cc race for the second year running at the Lincolnshire venue.

Starting from pole position Simpson, on a brand new Trickbits Triumph courtesy of Tony Scott, led early on only for the pace car to intervene following a spate of minor crashes.

On the re-start Simpson lost his lead to Jimmy Hill, but the fellow Triumph rider high sided out of the action and Simpson then overcame a late challenge from Danny Buchan to score a memorable win. He now jumps to fourth in the championship.

William Dunlop finished seventh in the 125cc race in which Newtownabbey rider Andy Reid finished 16th while Jack Kennedy claimed sixth in the Supersport 600cc race in which Marty Nutt was 13th and Lee Johnston 14th.

Attention now turns to the Isle of Man where the 2010 TT action starts with the first practice session on Saturday.

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