| | OLD DOG, OLD TRICKS Michael Laverty gets the jump on his BSB ri­vals by al­ready hav­ing plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence on the

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - By Stephen Dav­i­son MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR AT SIL­VER­STONE

Michael Laverty picked up where he left off in 2015 by win­ning the open­ing race of 2016 MCE British Su­per­bike sea­son at Sil­ver­stone. The 34-year-old has en­joyed a stel­lar win­ter test­ing pro­gramme and was the man best pre­pared when the lights went out for the sea­son opener.

“It has been a smooth run in through test­ing be­cause we know the feel­ing we are af­ter,” Laverty said be­fore Sun­day’s open­ing en­counter. “We have been fine-tun­ing and we have been fast ev­ery­where be­cause the bike has been work­ing well with the base set­ting.”

The for­mer British Su­pers­port cham­pion turned that con­fi­dence into im­me­di­ate suc­cess at Sil­ver­stone, see­ing off strong chal­lenges from Shane Byrne and Honda duo Dan Lin­foot and Ja­son O’hal­lo­ran, plus his new team-mate Chris­tian Id­don to take vic­tory in the first race.

“I wanted to make my pres­ence felt and went straight to the front and con­trolled the race as best I could,” he ex­plained. “I wanted to pull a gap but I could see that wasn’t pos­si­ble. It was dif­fi­cult to be as con­sis­tent here as I have been be­fore be­cause the wind was so gusty out the back.”

Laverty’s tyre choice was an in­spired one with the BMW star call­ing on his


ing winds and heavy show­ers, the Tyco team proved the most ver­sa­tile at adapt­ing to the chal­leng­ing con­di­tions.

Tyre choice was a crit­i­cal fac­tor at Sil­ver­stone and both Laverty and Id­don ben­e­fit­ted from run­ning the harder SC1 Pirelli rub­ber in race one as their main ri­vals chose the softer op­tion.

Id­don, how­ever, would have pre­ferred to use the softer op­tion but was over­ruled by the team.

The cold track made it im­pos­si­ble for the softer rub­ber to work ef­fec­tively and for race two all of the main con­tenders chose the hard tyre.

“Lots of peo­ple take dif­fer­ent gam­bles in this game but we work more on race strat­egy than the one lap thing,” Philip Neill said. “Our tyres were al­ways go­ing to come good to­wards the end of the race.”

On a week­end that Ber­tie Hauser, di­rec­tor of BMW Mo­tor­rad Motorsport, paid a visit to the Tyco garage the squad cer­tainly made the most of the ad­van­tage they en­joyed in hav­ing a full sea­son with the S1000RR un­der their belts as ri­vals PBM/BE Wiser Du­cati and JG Speed­fit Kawasaki bat­tled with all-new ma­chin­ery at Sil­ver­stone.

‘A dou­ble podium in BSB is some­thing you never dream of’

Race one Fa­mil­iar­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence helped Laverty see off Bryne and Id­don in

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