Silverstone BSB: Laverty clinches first podium finish of the year

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McAMS Yamaha’s Michael Laverty made it onto the second step of the MCE British Superbike podium during the final race at Silverstone.

It is the first rostrum finish of the year for the Wales-based rider and he rode intelligently to stay on his R1 in wet and windy conditions. 2017 has been a difficult year for Laverty as he was blighted by bike chatter for the majority of the season.

But his team have worked hard to rectify the issue and now the problem has gone and he has improved throughout the last couple of rounds. Laverty is still looking for that extra bit of rear grip and then he can be even more competitive, not only in the wet but in the dry too.

There are only three rounds remaining to the BSB season and now Laverty is hungry for more podium finishes and is confident that he can make it on to the rostrum steps once again to end his season on a high.

“I got faster as the race went on, I didn’t realise that Dan was leading and I just used my head and took it as steady and smooth as I could without too many risks,” said Laverty at the track.

“Thanks to the team they have worked hard and we haven’t been delivering the results until three rounds ago and we got rid of the chatter and now we are just looking for that extra bit of rear grip to kind of get off the corners the way James does.

“Hopefully that will see me back at the front in the dry, we were only missing a few tenths in the first race. Hopefully in the next few rounds we can get back on the podium in the dry and that would be perfect.

“We have been working hard and it is a new bike and new team and every track we turn up to we have no information, no base chassis set up and a weekend like this with no dry track time it does take its time to set the bike up so we are getting there step by step.”

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