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Laverty hatching a plan to get his British glory bid back on right track

By Paul Lindsay

Tyco BMW ace Michael Laverty is determined to get back to winning ways this weekend as the British Superbike Championship takes in the third round at Brands Hatch on the Indy circuit.

Laverty won the opening race of the season at Silverstone and but for a small mechanical problem could have made it a double.

During round two at Oulton Park, he scored a brace of top six finishes but his pole position lap for race two proved that his strong pace at Silverstone was no flash in the pan.

He currently holds third place in the Championship standings, just 16 points behind his team-mate Christian Iddon, who tops the table for Tyco BMW with four-time champion Shane Byrne in second place for BeWiser Ducati, just two points ahead of Ulsterman Laverty.

Finishing second in yesterday’s second free practice session behind Byrne, which saw the top 21 riders separated by less than a second, Laverty said: “I was looking forward to getting back on track after a tough but strong weekend at Oulton.

“Every time we’ve been on the Tyco BMW this year we have been strong and I’m certainly looking to be fighting for wins this weekend.

“It’s a unique 46-second lap around here and is a bit of a head-scratcher circuit, but ultimately the race winners will come down to who has the best set-up for the 30-lap races.”

In the British Supersport class, Championship leader Andy Reid is hoping to rid himself of the bad luck that saw him leave Brands Indy last year without a solitary point.

The Jordanstown ace said: “It’s a circuit where there’s a lot of traffic in qualifying and it’s often difficult to get a clean lap. But I’m here with a new team this year in the Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki team. We’ve won two of the opening three races, so the goal this weekend is 50 points and two wins.”

Meanwhile, Eugene Laverty crashed during practice for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix.

Laverty said: “You never need a crash but today’s was untimely because we missed the session in the morning so everybody was trying to fit two sessions in the afternoon.

“My first exit was good but on the second one I got caught out by the hard right hand side of the tyre.

“I thought it was up to temperature but it clearly wasn’t and it tucked in and let go.”

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