Elliott shines amid Tyco BMW gloom
Despite Josh Elliott winning yesterday's 1000cc Superstock race at Oulton Park, overall it was a hugely disappointing weekend for Tyco BMW when they failed to get either of their British Superbike riders, Michael Laverty or Christian Iddon, into the top six of the championship ahead of the title showdown.
For Laverty it was particularly devastating as he had been in the top six all season right up until yesterday's last counting race.
Coming into the triple header at the Cheshire circuit Laverty was fourth in the championship, however the Toomebridge rider, was never on the pace from first practice and in Saturday's first race he could only finish eighth with his rivals Luke Mossey, Dan Linfoot and James Ellison all ahead of him.
Yesterday's first race was a disaster when Laverty crashed out of seventh position on the final lap, but still in that all-important sixth position, although now just two points ahead of Luke Mossey and Peter Hickman.
In the decider Laverty was always struggling outside the top five and despite the pace car coming out when Jake Dixon crashed and the field closing up the best he could finish was fourth as Mossey finished second to push the Tyco BMW rider outside the top six by four points.
Laverty tweeted: "I'm gutted to miss out on the showdown. I gave it my all today and I'm sorry to my Tyco team, BMW and all our partners."
In contrast Leon Haslam had a terrific weekend, winning all three races to take the lead in the championship.
Glenn Irwin had an up and down weekend, crashing in race one, finishing ninth in race two and then after a ride-through penalty for a jump start in race three he finished 11th.
In the Superstock 1000cc race a last lap, last corner coming together between Ian Hutchinson and Taylor Mackenzie, running 1-2 in the race and the championship saw them slide out, allowing Ballinamallard rider Elliott through for his first win of the season ahead of Adam Jenkinson and Clogher's Keith Farmer.
It was also a frustrating weekend for Newtownabbey rider Andy Reid, who crashed out in Friday practice suffering a broken scaphoid.