Belfast Telegraph

Michael Laverty shakes off a hat-trick of crashes to reach Snetterton podium

By Roy Harris

Michael Laverty got his season back on track by picking himself up from three crashes at Snetterton over the weekend to take a well-deserved third place in yesterday's second British Superbike race.

During the opening race, the Tyco BMW rider was dicing for fifth position with Peter Hickman and Glenn Irwin when the latter's Be Wiser Ducati momentarily cut out.

Hickman rode into the Carrickfergus racer's back wheel and fell in front of Laverty, who was left with no option but to hit into the machine and go down, luckily with no injuries.

Race two was much better for Laverty, who tagged on to Shayne Byrne, Dan Linfoot and Leon Haslam at the front of the scheduled 16 laps.

Byrne made a mid-race break with only Linfoot able to match him with Laverty in a battle with Haslam for third.

With three laps remaining, the red flags came out when Jenny Tinmouth crashed unhurt at Esses, leaving a lot of debris and oil on the circuit.

That meant the result had to be declared with Laverty in third, taking him to seventh position in the Championship.

Irwin, who retired from race one, was a fine seventh in the second encounter.

Laverty said: "It was good to get back onto the rostrum after the weekend I've had.

"The two qualifying crashes were avoidable, but today's I had no control over whatsoever - I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hopefully this gets me back on track and fighting to get inside the top six."

It was a bittersweet day for Tyco BMW with TT treble winner Ian Hutchinson powering ahead of the pack in the Superstock 1000cc race to take his first win at this level since an Oulton Park triumph in 2009.

It wasn't to be defending champion Josh Elliott's day, however, as he took out an unimpressed Taylor Mackenzie - his bitter rival from the Knockhill round - on lap one as the pair braked for the hairpin.

Elliott stayed upright but lost a number of places, eventually taking the chequered flag in fifth position just behind Keith Farmer, but the race stewards took a dim view of his first-lap manoeuvre and afterwards dropped him 11 places in the results.

Andy Reid finished sixth in Saturday's Supersport sprint race, but he was forced to retire with a blown motor in yesterday's feature event when lying second to eventual winner Tarran Mackenzie.

Carl Phillips finished third in the Superstock 600cc race and still maintains a healthy lead in the Championship, as does Glengormley 17-year old Aaron Wright in the KTM Junior Cup after a double success in the two races. Scott Swann, the promising 13-year old, finished second in both.

Meanwhile, at the Walderstown Road Races, Michael Dunlop won the Open race and Derek McGee tasted Supersport joy, while Derek Sheils came from behind to take victory from Michael in the Race of the South, with William Dunlop third.

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