LAVERTY RINGS IN SECOND VICTORY TO PUT TITLE BID ON TRACK

Hill celebrated a win last time out

Hill celebrated a win last time out

Round five – 24 June – Knockhill 

Shane “Shakey” Byrne and Michael Laverty took the victories in a hard fought Scottish fifth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Knockhill in which title holder Tommy Hill scored a second and third place to regain the lead in the overall points standings.

Laverty, who had been on the pace across the whole weekend at Fife circuit, forced his Samsung Honda into the lead in the opening race but was soon taken by the hard-riding former two times title winner Byrne aboard his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki with Hill moving his Swan Yamaha into second shortly afterwards.

Laverty held on to a strong third place running clear of Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes who lost his lead in the overall standings. In race two the Ulsterman rewarded the hard work of his team who had made changes to his Honda Fireblade between races by powering to his second victory in three races.

It was hard earned as Hill rode determinedly out front but Laverty twice edged ahead at the Hairpin only to concede the position by running off line but on lap eleven he made the move stick and then  edged out a defendable lead, taking the race by 0.755 seconds from Byrne with Hill third and Brookes again fourth.

“A few people had written me off after the opening rounds and said the win at Snetterton was a one off but we have really found our feet now. I always knew that we would come on strong as this win shows. We had some bad luck in the early rounds but four podiums in the last four races has consolidated my place in the top four in the standings and now my title bid is back on track,” enthused Laverty.

Laverty won race two at Knockhill

Laverty won race two at Knockhill

Results

Race one:
1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
2: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +1.199s
3: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +1.551s
4: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +8.494s
5: Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +10.160s
6: Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha) +10.211s

Race two :
1: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda)
2: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.765s
3: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +3.091s
4: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +4.119s
5: James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +11.068s
6: Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +11.227s

Championship standings:
1: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 159
2: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 153
3: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 150
4: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) 122
5: Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) 79
5: Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) 77

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