Michael Laverty looking for redemption as Andy Reid views world options
Michael Laverty will have had a couple of sleepless nights this week having dropped out of the British Superbike Championship's elite top six Showdown club. The Tyco BMW rider, who has won two races this season and was lying third in the Showdown podium credit stakes before crashing out the top six last weekend at Oulton Park, will get the chance to redeem himself this coming weekend.
Donington Park is the first of the final three rounds in this season's British Superbike Championship and, whilst the Presteigne-based Ulsterman cannot mathematically win the title, he will be looking to add to his race wins and podium tally as the job hunting season gets under way for 2017.
After lacklustre rounds at Brands Hatch and Cadwell Park, Laverty had seemingly done enough in race two at Oulton Park last weekend to maintain his top six position, but a last lap crash left him with an uphill battle in race three.
A sixth row grid position was never the best place to start from and, despite a heroic effort, fourth place just wasn't enough to stop Luke Mossey from leapfrogging him in the championship standings. With September the month for seeking new contracts, Laverty will now need to show his best at Donington Park to keep his hopes alive of a third year on the Tyco BMW.
Another Ulsterman whose season went pear-shaped at Oulton Park was British Supersport contender Andy Reid.
A crash during practice resulted in a fractured wrist for the Jordanstown rider, all but ending his season. He goes under the knife today in Dublin to repair the offending break with hopes of a return at the final round on October 15/16.
Reid is understood to be considering a move to the Superbike class next season in the British championship, but will visit the Lausitzring this weekend as a guest of Milwaukee BMW, whose team owner Shaun Muir manages his affairs.
Is a World Supersport move on the cards or a European stock ride on an Aprilia?