Thruxton BSB: Grip ‘frustration’ for Laverty and Iddon

Laverty was taken out in race one...
Laverty was taken out in race one... Picture: Impact Images

‘Frustrating’ was an oft-used word in the Tyco BMW garage over the Thruxton Bennetts British Superbike round with both Michael Laverty and Christian Iddon suffering with grip issues.

Laverty managed to find a setting which gave him some tyre life but missing Q2 on Saturday made his weekend a mountain climb while Iddon qualified well but ran out of grip in both races and crashed in the second outing.

“We worked in the correct way this weekend focusing on tyre life over race distance. Following a strong morning warm up I felt confident for both races, unfortunately after a great first lap making up 10 positions I got taken down due to another rider’s error,” said Laverty.

“Race two was as equally fustrating, from lap one I had no grip but managed to limp home to 13th. Having won at Thruxton on my last visit with Tyco BMW, it was an incredibly frustrating race day. I’m now looking forward to Cadwell park and the opportunity to close that showdown gap.”

Iddon added: “Thruxton is always a bit of a curveball and we have seen that again this round. The weekend went well until race day, our pace has never been in question but tyre life has always been difficult. We initially thought we would run the softer tyre option but it soon became clear that was not going to be possible so we opted to run with the harder tyre.

“Over race distance the tyre wear was worse than we anticipated and I ended up 13th in race one which was very disappointing. We made some changes to the bike for race two and for 60% of the race we were running well but very suddenly the tyre dropped and I lost grip rapidly making corner entry a struggle, within a lap I had lost all pace and crashed.

“It is very fustrating that we didn’t capitalise on showdown points given that our showdown rivals were out of race contention, but we now look forward to Cadwell Park. I will work as hard as I can alongside the team to get the very best out of the package and focus on that showdown goal.”

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