Belfast Telegraph

Laverty in need of podium joy to get back in title chase

By Roy Harris

Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) has not had the best start to his British Superbike Championship campaign going into this weekend’s fourth round of the series at Snetterton, languishing in 11th position 62 points behind the championship leader and defending champion Tommy Hill.

“Things just have not been going my way so far, it would be fair to say,” said the Toomebridge rider.

“We had the pace at Brands and Thruxton, but the races were a bit of a disaster, what with crashing in horrendous conditions in the opening round and then at Thruxton and Oulton we struggled to keep heat in the rear tyre for more than half a dozen laps, possibly down to my smooth riding style.

“We will be trying a different strategy at Snetterton, where it will be vital to get some podium credits and good points to get back into the championship chase and that vital top six for the end of season shoot-out. We were fastest here in pre-season testing and although we are not panicking just yet we need to get the season turned around hopefully from this weekend.”

This has been a topsy-turvy season so far in BSB with the six races to date producing six different winners including Tyco Suzuki by TAS rider Josh Brookes.

“I love the track — I had a double here on the old circuit and last year I had a podium around the new layout,” says the Australian based in Cookstown.

“Everyone is so evenly matched this year you just never know who is going to be hot this weekend. My aim is simple; to make my Tyco Suzuki the one the rest have to beat.” Brookes’ team-mate Alastair Seeley, fresh from six podiums including three wins at the Relent

less North West 200 last weekend, will be looking to improve his current sixth position in the championship. Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) went from the championship lead to fifth following two non-finishes and a lowly 13th position in the triple header at Oulton Park.

“We are a new team and did not have any data for Oulton,” said the Hillsborough rider.

“However, we had a good pre-season test here at Snetterton and that should help us get back to where we were at Thruxton, winning races.”

In the Supersport championship Dubliner Jack Kennedy leads the way for the Mar-Train Yamaha Team of Tim Martin and should be at the sharp end of things in his two races tomorrow and Sunday while Glenn Irwin will be looking to build on his lead in the Supersport cup series on his CN Racing Yamaha.

Keith Farmer, after winning the opening two Superstock 1000cc races on his PBM Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki, has dropped to fourth in the championship chase.

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