LAVERTY ‘THAT WAS ALL I HAD TODAY’
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