Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Knockhill BSB: Laverty adopts ?points make prizes? attitude

Laverty is keeping an eye on the big end-of-season prize

By BSB desk
Image by Double Red

Swan Yamaha’s Michael Laverty elected to take away a hatful of points from yesterday’s second British Superbike race at Knockhill and keep his eyes on the ultimate prize instead of trying to pass Shane Byrne for second and run the risk of a big mistake.

The Toomebridge man had to recover from a poor qualifying session on Saturday and get his head down in race one to get a good slot for race two. Neither Laverty or Byrne could live with Tommy Hill in either race but the Irishman is happy with another good points haul.

“I made life difficult for myself in the first race that?s for sure with qualifying in eleventh place. I don?t know where I was at the end of the first lap as it was quite hectic and I was over the kerb at turn one and that dropped me down the order and I had to fight back,” said Laverty.

“I had a few minor brake issues at the start but it disappeared and I was able to push on. I was happy to be back on the podium in the second race. I was quite strong towards the end but Shakey had that little bit extra on me in the end. I didn’t want to make a stupid mistake and crash out as the points and podium credits are so important. It is great to have a double Swan Yamaha podium in that second race and run close to lap record pace.”

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