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

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - BSB RE­PORTER oli.rushby@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

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.”

Shane Byrne James El­li­son A tough start to the year, but it’s not through lack of ef­fort. Ca­pa­ble of fight­ing for top hon­ours and mo­ti­vated enough to run at the very front. Tak­ing the win at Brands Hatch GP last Oc­to­ber, Laverty’s odds-on favourite Ja­son

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