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Race-win­ning Tyco BMW

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but around here I had made my bed by de­cid­ing to use the hard tyre, so I had to get the best pace I could and hope that the tem­per­a­ture wasn’t high enough for the soft tyre, that the other guys were us­ing, to work.”

Laverty also feels that hav­ing data for the BMW from last year will give him an ad­van­tage over his ri­vals on their new ma­chines. “It is nice to know that we have a year’s worth of in­for­ma­tion for ev­ery cir­cuit we go to,” he said. “I think it will be a big ben­e­fit over the sea­son. The BMW has its strengths over the Du­cati but the Du­cati is a more com­plete pack­age than it was a month ago in Spain. The Kawasaki is the same. They will keep im­prov­ing be­cause they are new mo­tor­cy­cles whereas we are al­ready closer to our max­i­mum, but we can’t stand still be­cause we know those guys will keep im­prov­ing.”

The ad­van­tages he ad­mits he en­joys over his ri­vals makes Laverty the cham­pi­onship favourite in many peo­ple’s eyes and had it not been for the wa­ter leak he suf­fered in the sec­ond race he could have been go­ing into the next round lead­ing the se­ries in­stead of be­ing five points be­hind four-time cham­pion Byrne.

“I think we can back it up and it is good to get the first round un­der our belts to un­der­stand where every­body is now,” he said.

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