Laverty Maintains Championship Lead At Oulton Park MonsterMob Ducati British Supersport rider Michael Laverty maintained the lead of the championship with a superb second place finish in front of a massive bank holiday crowd at Oulton Park, ...
Laverty Maintains Championship Lead At Oulton Park
MonsterMob Ducati British Supersport rider Michael Laverty maintained the lead of the championship with a superb second place finish in front of a massive bank holiday crowd at Oulton Park, Cheshire today.
The 22 year old Ulsterman qualified the 749 MonsterMob Ducati in fourth position before leading the race early on as he and Honda rider Karl Harris battled for the race win.
Laverty was poised to take his second successive victory but a backmarker prevented the pass on the final corner meaning he had to settle for second place and in doing so he maintained a one point lead from Harris going into round five of the thirteen race series.
"I'm a bit disappointed I didn't win but I rode a sensible race and I didn't want to throw it away. I still think I could have won it and I thought I'd leave it until the last lap and catch Karl by surprise. I'm kicking myself now for not trying two laps before as a backmarker just messed me up but I'm still leading the championship and that is what matters" said Laverty.
Meanwhile it was a weekend to forget for Superbike rider Sean Emmett who ended up retiring from the second THINK! British Superbike Championship race after posting eighth place in race one aboard the 999 F04. Emmett struggled with a number of problems throughout the entire meeting and despite a number of radical changes for the second race he was forced to retire early on leaving him to languish in fifth in the championship.
Team owner Paul Bird had some tough words to say afterwards:
"This is the worst superbike weekend we have ever had and it is just not acceptable. Things will have to change from now on and I need to see some more improvement and effort from Sean's side. Regarding Michael, I'm absolutely chuffed to bits for him. He's leading the championship and had a great race and I'm just over the moon with his performance. We know he is going to go from strength to strength."
The action moves on to Mondello Park in County Kildare, Ireland in three weeks time with hopes of a return to winning ways for the defending double British Superbike Champions.
Superbike Race One Result
1, Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) 26m14.357s, 2, John Reynolds (Suzuki) +0.122s, 3, Michael Rutter (Honda) +19.521s, 4, Dean Thomas (Ducati) +21.156s, 5, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +29.181s, 6, Glen Richards (Kawasaki) +29.658s, 7, Gary Mason (Yamaha) +30.031s, 8, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) +34.898s, 9, Tommy Hill (Yamaha) + 1 lap, 10, James Ellison (Yamaha) + 1 lap.
Superbike Race Two Result
1, Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) 29m27.256s, 2, John Reynolds (Suzuki) +0.124s, 3, Michael Rutter (Honda) +13.571s, 4, Dean Thomas (Ducati) +14.920s, 5, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +22.068s, 6, Leon Haslam (Ducati) +23.188s, 7, Gary Mason (Yamaha) +23.366s, 8, James Ellison (Yamaha) +25.724s, 9, Glen Richards (Kawasaki) +29.215s, 10, Noriyuki Haga (Ducati) +34.001s. DNF Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati)
Supersport Race Result
1, Karl Harris (Honda) 26m59.802s, 2, Michael Laverty (MonsterMob Ducati) +0.535s, 3, Jay Vincent (Honda) +9.880s, 4, Simon Andrews (Yamaha) +10.185s, 5, Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +18.312s, 6, Leon Camier (Honda) +19.815s, 7, Pere Riba (Kawasaki) +21.059s, 8, Craig Jones (Triumph) +21.478s, 9, Luke Quigley (Suzuki) +21.634s, 10, Adrian Coates (Suzuki) +24.856s.
<pre> THINK! British Superbike Championship Standings (after Round 8) 1. John Reynolds Suzuki 167 pts 2. Michael Rutter Honda 149 pts 3. Yukio Kagayama Suzuki 128 pts 4. Scott Smart Kawasaki 90 pts 5. Sean Emmett MonsterMob Ducati 86 pts 6. Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda 76 pts 7. Dean Thomas Ducati 74 pts 8. Tommy Hill Yamaha 51 pts 8. Glen Richards Kawasaki 51 pts 10. Gary Mason Yamaha 49 pts
Supersport Championship Standings (after Round 4) 1. Michael Laverty MonsterMob Ducati 71 pts 2. Karl Harris Honda 70 pts 3. Jay Vincent Honda 59 pts 4. Pere Riba Kawasaki 51 pts 5. Luke Quigley Suzuki 45 pts 6. Simon Andrews Yamaha 40 pts 7. Craig Jones Triumph 35 pts 8. Kieran Murphy Honda 23 pts 9. Adrian Coates Suzuki 21 pts 9. Leon Camier Honda 21 pts