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British Superbike Championship: Laverty makes a splash at wet and windy Knockhill

In atrocious conditions during yesterday’s sixth round of the British Superbike Championship at Knockhill, Toomebridge rider Michael Laverty fought back from a fifth row grid position to take fourth place in race one.

And despite leading race two before it was red flagged and later abandoned due to gale force winds, the Relentless by TAS Suzuki rider slipped down to fourth place in the overall 2010 BSB standings.

The abandoned race will now take place at Snetterton in Norfolk during the next round of the series on July 16 – 18, with grid positions being taken from the Knockhill outing, giving Laverty (below) a second bite at the proverbial cherry.

Laverty’s team-mate Alastair Seeley followed him home during the only Superbike outing at Knockhill in fifth place after a slow start, with John Laverty, riding for Buildbase Kawasaki sixth, ahead of Simon Andrews, Tommy Hill, Gary Mason and Chris Walker.

Seasoned professional Michael Rutter duly lived up to his ‘rain man’ moniker taking victory on his ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati, which is owned by local businessman Alistair Kennedy.

HM Plant Honda’s in-form duo, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Josh Brookes filled the lower podium positions, with Australian Brookes taking over the Championship reigns at the top of the the table from the aforementioned Tommy Hill, who could only manage joint eighth place.

Jeremy McWilliams didn’t get the chance to extend his lead in the Harley Davidson XR1200 series, his race a victim of the weather abandonement along with the 125cc class and the second outing for the National Superstock 600cc competitors.

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One race that did run and provided superb entertainment was the British Supersport class, with discovery of the season Sam Lowes taking his second victory of the year.

The GNS Honda Racing employee now leads the series by 15 points from James Westmoreland, who could only manage sixth at Knockhill and Billy McConnell, who finished a lowly 12th.

Best of the local contingent was Jack Kennedy in ninth, with Marty Nutt 13th and Lee Johnson making his Oxford TAG Triumph debut disappointing in 16th. The unfortunate Paul Jordan crashed out on the final lap.

The National Superstock 1000cc race was won by Padgetts Honda rider Glen Richards, who was exorcising his demons after breaking his leg at the same circuit just 12 months ago.

Luke Quigley and Jon Kirkham took second and third place with BMW mounted Kirkham extending his lead in the series to 34 points.

Richard Rea was the only local competitor in the class finishing 19th, with Relentless by TAS Suzuki’s Cookstown based Aussie Cameron Donald 13th on his return to the BSB paddock.

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