The second test in a matter of days for riders readying themselves for the opening round of the British Superbike season ended today at Donington with Tyco BMW’s Michael Laverty finishing the sessions at the East Midlands circuit as the fastest runner on what was once again a very competitive outing.
Laverty left it late, much like Leon Haslam did at Silverstone earlier in the week, to pip his rivals in posting the quickest time at the death of the testing session leaving a fast but frustrated Shane Byrne in second spot.
Byrne had been the man setting the pace in the early part of the afternoon at Donington and it looked like he was to end proceedings on top but the Tyco BMW of Laverty raced over the line in 1:29.298s as the sessions were coming to a close, and it was a time which was to be just .044s quicker than the Be Wiser Ducati of Byrne. The man posting the third fastest time of the test was Laverty’s team mate, Christian Iddon, who himself was just 0.63 seconds behind the leading BMW at the end of the day rounding off an impressive test ahead of the season opener at Silverstone next weekend. The top seven riders were all within a second of each other with Danny Buchan, who finished 10th quickest on his Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati, was just 1.1 seconds back of Laverty on the combined time sheets highlighting the
Laverty was naturally delighted to have set the quickest time although he says there is still much more to come from him and the bike as they benefit from a second year as a partnership between man and machine.
“It feels good to end the test fastest as it is a bit of bragging rights before the first round if nothing else.” He said. “We are in a really good position and my one off lap isn’t my strength at the moment, so to have done the times we have consistently is great as I don’t feel we have maximised the potential at all yet.
“The continuity of staying with the Tyco BMW team for this year has put me in this position and I genuinely feel that we are the strongest out there at the moment, both over short stints and the longer distance. I knew that we would be able to pick up where we left off at the end of last year and we will keep going as we know that everyone else will keep improving too. I definitely have a much better feeling now than I did at the start of last season.”
- Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 1m:29.298s
- Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.044s
- Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.630s
- Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki) +0.634s
- Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.669s
- Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +0.733s
- Ryuichi Kiyonari (Bennetts Suzuki) +0.864s
- Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.007s
- Alastair Seeley (Royal Air Force BMW) +1.069s
- Danny Buchan (Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati) +1.121s