Michael Rounds Out The Weekend With A Double Podium
The Swan Yamaha team continued their strong performance from yesterday’s opening race through to the two races today at the ninth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with a double win for Tommy Hill whilst Michael Laverty claimed another two podium finishes.
In the first race the Swan Yamahas again got off to a flying start as Hill led the pair on the opening lap before Laverty took the lead at Charlies. Hill then regained the advantage at the Hairpin and then edged out his team-mate to win the race from team-mate Laverty.
Laverty had led at the start of the third and final race of the weekend but Byrne stole the position at Park on the opening lap before he regained the lead and then was fending off team-mate Hill who was able to pass Byrne for second. Hill then took the lead and as Laverty focused his attention on trying to regain the top spot he made a mistake at Mansfield, which gave Brookes the opportunity to make a move with Laverty forced to settle for third.
Hill now leads the standings ahead of the Showdown by 7 points with Laverty in fourth place 19 points adrift of his team-mate.
Hill said: “It is another fantastic result for Swan Yamaha and I knew it would be a long race so to win that one was great and I am really chuffed. I just rode my own race and it is crucial to get every lap inch perfect here but the boys kept the pressure on me throughout. It was a great job by the Swan Yamaha team after finishing second yesterday so we wanted to repeat that in the last race. In the final race I knew I had to try and make a move on Michael because I had unfinished business from yesterday’s red flagged race, so I made a move because until then I hadn’t quite had the power to get ahead of him in the slipstream. I also did my fastest lap of the race with just two laps remaining so I was even happier with that! My thanks have to go to the team as this has been a great weekend and now we have the lead going into the Showdown. On a separate note my thoughts are with the family of Ben Gautrey after his accident today. The riders in the other classes generally aspire to be doing what we are and I want to send my condolences and dedicate my third win to them.”
Laverty said: “There wasn’t any more I could have done in the second race to try and get the win. I just tried to adjust the traction during the race as I was struggling a bit with side grip in places and that meant I was unable to catch him again. I hadn’t made any real changes from yesterday’s race through to today so we looked at the data to see what could resolve the issue. I was happy to have been on the podium in that last race again but to be honest I didn’t realise that Josh Brookes was that close to me and I made a few mistakes and it gave him the chance he needed to make a move. I had wanted to try and make a move on Tommy Hill on the last lap and I am kicking myself a bit now not to have tried to do it sooner to try and win another race here. It was a pity not to have won but I think we should be getting our share in the Showdown. I think this weekend has shown that I am a title contender and I won’t be giving up without a fight.”
Team Owner Shaun Muir concluded: “It has been a fantastic weekend for the Swan Yamaha team and I am over the moon with how Tommy, Michael and the whole team performed this weekend and I am so proud of the entire team. We have both riders in the Showdown and Tommy leads whilst Michael has upped his game and proved he is now on the same level as the leading three riders. All I can say is bring on the Showdown now.”
Date : 02-09-2011