LAVERTY HANGS ON TO TI­TLE HOPES

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Michael Laverty ad­mits he is lucky to re­main in a show­down po­si­tion af­ter an­other dis­as­trous week­end for the Tyco BMW squad at Cad­well Park.

The two-time race win­ner this sea­son has been dra­mat­i­cally off the pace at the last two rounds and left Cad­well Park with just ten more points to his name af­ter fin­ish­ing tenth and 12th. For­tu­nately for the Ul­ster­man, a bout of bad luck for his ri­vals sees him cling on to fourth in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings by the skin of his teeth.

“I thought it was go­ing to be a bit of dam­age lim­i­ta­tion this week­end but I didn’t ex­pect it to be as bad as that!” ex­claimed Laverty. “We strug­gled from day one to catch up to the oth­ers and even though we made a lit­tle bit of progress it was too lit­tle too late in the end.

“Re­al­is­ti­cally I can’t think about the ti­tle now, but never say never. We’ve got a fight on our hands as there’s only ten points to the sev­enth-placed man so our aim now is to stay in the show­down.”

Chris­tian Id­don’s chances of fight­ing for the 2016 ti­tle plum­meted this week­end as he crashed out of both of Mon­day’s races. He now sits tenth in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings, a clear 20 points off a show­down place.

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