LAVERTY BACK ON TRACK
GOING FOR GLORY Wins: 4 Podiums: 7 Championship: 1st ( 181 points) Wins: 1 Podiums: 2 Championship: 3rd (146 points) Wins: 0 Podiums: 4 Championship: 7th (107 points) Wins: 0 Podiums: 4 Championship: 5th ( 118 points) Wins: 0 Podiums: 0 Championship: 15th
Tyco BMW’S Michael Laverty heads into the second half of the 2016 MCE British Superbike championship on a high after a victory and second place last time out at Thruxton.
Despite being on the pace all year, Laverty had struggled to make an impact on the series since winning the opening race of the season at Silverstone. The Northern Irishman then went eight races before he returned to the podium at Snetterton early last month, but since then things are definitely back on track. Exceeded expectations from the start and continued to improve with each race. A cut above the rest last time out at Thruxton, but it’s still way too early to get carried away. Slow start to the year but remarkable step forward to take first win at Snetterton. His consistency has been the key to his impressive championship position. A stunning start to the season saw him lead the standings, but since round three it’s all gone wrong. Needs to re-group rapidly if he is to climb back into Showdown contention. Arguably the stronger of the two Honda riders, Linfoot has fought for the win on numerous occasions but is yet to stand on the top step. Needs to add consistency to his speed. After pushing towards the podium last year expectations for Buchan and the Motorapido squad were high, but he’s missed his chance off being a Showdown contender in 2016. team hard this weekend in search of an optimum set-up.
“Brands GP is maybe the most important circuit as it’s where the title is decided. If we are in the fight, we need to be in a position to win two or three races so we have to work this weekend towards having the speed and set-up to do that both now and in October.”
Laverty’s title fight may have only just got back on track, but with the wide open nature of this year’s championship he’s still got his eyes firmly set on the 2016 crown and plans to take as many podium credits as possible.
“I’ve had three DNFS and I’m still only 45 points down on Shakey, and those DNFS were largely outside my control. It shows we have been strong this year and it is there for the taking.”