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Michael Laverty left Oulton Park with a bit­ter taste in his mouth af­ter miss­ing out the Show­down for the first time in his Bri­tish Su­per­bike ca­reer.

Since the Show­down’s in­tro­duc­tion in 2010, Laverty has been one of the six ti­tle fighters in each year he’s com­peted in the do­mes­tic se­ries but his run came to an end af­ter yet an­other tough round at Oulton Park.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man has strug­gled for pace since tak­ing vic­tory in the se­cond race at Thrux­ton in July and he paid the price this week­end as he slipped out of Show­down con­tention.

His week­end didn’t get off to the best of starts af­ter tyre is­sues in the first race saw him out­side the top ten be­fore be­ing able to claw back to fin­ish eighth, but disas­ter struck on Sun­day as he hit the deck on the fi­nal lap of the se­cond race.

The crash left him 16th on the grid for the third and fi­nal out­ing and de­spite a charge to fourth it wasn’t enough.

“That was all I had to­day,” a de­jected Laverty told MCN af­ter the race. “We im­proved the bike for the se­cond race and I knew I had to hang it on the line! The front was mov­ing all over the place; I was nearly off the thing a load of times but I rode a good race.”

It was an equally frus­trat­ing week­end for Tyco BMW team-mate Chris­tian Id­don, who was also ruled out of the Show­down af­ter a crash in the first race.

‘The front was mov­ing all over the place. I was nearly off the thing a load of times’ MICHAEL LAVERTY

No Show­down this time for Laverty

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