Laverty: "Round 1 almost damage limitation"

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 03 Apr 2015

Laverty hasn't had the testing time he needed

Michael Laverty has said he is expecting this weekend’s first round of the British Superbike championship to be damage limitation for the Tyco BMW team.

The Ulsterman has experienced a difficult transition from MotoGP back to the British Superbike series after a flurry of technical issues hindered his winter testing programme.

“I think we’ll be okay but we’ve got some work to do, ideally I’d have liked to have to been back on the bike before then but it wasn’t possible, we just have to get out there and make the best we can with it”, said Laverty speaking to Bike Social.

“It’s just come up on us a bit quick, if the Donington test had been smooth and we had three dry sessions we probably would have been okay but we only had one dry session and we missed more than half of it with technical issues. It’s left us on the back foot going into round one but the guys have been going through the data and will pull something out of the bag.”

“It’s hard to know where we are at the moment, the pace of the front guys wasn’t even that fast because of the wind and conditions so I don’t think we are that far away but we aren’t like Shakey, Kiyo sort of pace. We might be 6th or 7th at the moment which is still too far off, but I think it’s realistically where we are at with a clean run on it.

"We’ll keep plugging away, it’s a long season with the showdown rules in our favour so we’ll keep working. We wanted to come out strong this weekend but it’s going to be almost a damage limitation, I don’t think it’s as bad as it looks but it’s frustrating not to have had last Thursday under our belt when we needed it.”

The first round of the British Superbike championship gets underway this weekend at Donington Park.

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