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Michael Laverty

Michael Laverty

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Michael Laverty

Michael Laverty had a satisfying two British Superbike Championship races at the short 1.3mile Knockhill Circuit and rode majestically to win the second race having finished third in race one.

His performances also helped to consolidate fourth position for Laverty in the series.

After a final lap crash during Saturday’s qualifying the Samsung Honda rider shot into the lead in race one and led for three laps before Shayne Byrne and Tommy Hill edged past the Toomebridge rider.

Laverty was comfortable in third throughout, 1.6 seconds covering Byrne, Hill and Laverty at the chequered flag in race one.

In race two, Hill led the way with Laverty moving from third on the grid into second position by lap four and hounding Hill with some demon braking into the hairpin where he eventually put a pass on the Swan Yamaha on lap 12. From there Laverty eased his way to take the chequered flag less than a second ahead of Byrne, who had ousted Hill from second on lap 13 of 30.

A jubilant Laverty said: “I’m well happy with that. I was a bit disappointed after third in race one, but the changes the team came up with between the two races worked. It is hard work around here and it was good to back up our last round results perfectly, which is pleasing after Josh (Brookes) said our win at Snetterton was a one-off because we tested there. This weekend proves we can be fighting for the title.”

Tyco Suzuki by TAS had Brookes take two fourth positions, and he was never able to get to grips with the flying trio at the front while teammate Alastair Seeley ended the day with two sevenths. Ian Lowry bounced back from his race one crash to dice with the leaders in race two before grip problems with the Padgetts Honda saw him eventually finishing 10th. The top six in the series after the races are now Hill, Byrne, Brookes, Laverty, Lowry and Tommy Bridewell with Seeley just 10 points off that all-important sixth place.

In the British Superstock race Clogher’s Keith Farmer, who celebrates his 25th birthday later this week, rode an immaculate race from pole position to hold off a late charge from Jimmy Storrar to clinch his third victory of the season and leapt from fourth into the championship lead three points ahead of Jason O’Halloran.

Farmer, who rides for the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Team said: “I was struggling with arm pump in the last few laps and had to settle down, stay relaxed and not wanting to have any incidents.”

Jack Kennedy saw his Supersport championship lead cut to 18- and-a-half points with a third place finish, the Mar-Train Yamaha rider some six seconds behind the Triumph-riding Australians Billy McConnell and Glenn Richards.

Meanwhile, in the two-day Adelaide Master meeting at Mondello Park, Brian McCormack won two Superbike races in which BJ Toal and Lee Johnston shared second place while Toal won Saturday’s race from Johnston.

When it came to the ISAM Adelaide Grand Final Johnston took his first victory of the season on the Millsport Ducati ahead of Derek Sheils and Damien Byrne.

In the Supersport class McCormack won two of the three races with pole setter Robert Lanigan winning the third encounter.

William Dunlop had second, third and seventh place finishes in Supersport and fourth, seventh and eighth in the Superbike races while Ryan Farquhar’s young rider Conor Parkhill won all three Supertwin races.

Belfast Telegraph