Oulton BSB test: Chatter issues continue to frustrate Laverty

Laverty at the test today
Laverty at the test today Picture: Impact Images

McAMS Yamaha’s Michael Laverty is still experiencing chatter with his factory-backed R1 and his team used the MCE British Superbike test to try and eradicate the issues.

The Wales-based rider did not do as many laps as the other riders taking part in today’s proceedings at Oulton Park, as in the second test outing his chain broke at Brittens and Laverty missed out on some valuable track time.

Chatter has blighted the Irishman from the beginning and his crew are working hard to make the improvements that are needed, and the problem is now the ‘bane of his life’ at the moment. During the test Laverty was able to set the 12th fastest time.

“Today was the plan to eliminate the chatter I have been having. Unfortunately we snapped the chain in the middle session so I didn’t get many laps, we then tried to cram a lot in the final session. We learned some stuff at the end, but it was a little bit tight on time,” said Laverty, speaking to Bikesportnews.com.

“There is still a big question mark over the chatter, the team are going to go back from here and try to evaluate a few things and see if we can come back with a revised setup or configuration.

“I hate talking about chatter but it has been my complaint since day one - so we need to try and eliminate it. James doesn’t have it, the other Yamahas don’t seen to have it and I am the only one who is really moaning about it. It is quite frustrating when you keep saying it over and over. It is the bane of my life at the minute, so hopefully we can find a solution.

“What seems to happen is that I go out at every track and on the first exit it’s quite comfy. The bike is brilliant and turns so well, and then as soon as I try to push it I get chatter and it limits me - it’s just frustrating.”

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