Knockhill BSB: Small changes give Laverty confidence boost

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Tyco BMW’s Michael Laverty has revealed that incremental setup changes discovered through testing in the past couple weeks have given him a consistency boost this weekend.

The Northern Irishman tested TAS Racing’s S1000RR at both Cadwell and Knockhill in recent weeks, which he believes resulted in a few different setup tweaks that gave him an edge.

And while he ended the day third quickest after leading most of FP2, he says he’s feeling good heading into the rest of the weekend.

“We had two tests, one here and one at Cadwell, and we found a little bit with the bike,” Laverty told Bikesport News. “We sharpened up the steering, which helped me with confidence and corner entry, but it’s those small steps that help me with feeling and consistency.

“There were no lap times at those tests so it was hard to gauge where I was, but looking at the timesheets and seeing that I led most of the session, we can see it’s working.”

The former British Supersport champ also says the Scottish circuit’s new track resurfacing hasn’t made much of a difference aside from increasing the overall speed of the track.

“It’s made the lap times faster but it hasn’t made anything else too different- there are still bumps to deal with. I quite liked the old surface because there was a bit of a technique to riding the bumps.

“The track is a bit easier to ride now that the bumps are gone but there are still the same things you need to focus on - getting a good drive out of the hairpin and being pinpoint accurate through turns one and three is still important.”

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