Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 05 Mar 2015
Michael Laverty has experienced a tough first day back in the British Superbike paddock with a plethora of problems hindering his first runs on the Tyco BMW.
The Ulsterman, who returns to Britain after two seasons riding for Paul Bird in MotoGP, is riding the BMW S 1000 RR for the first time today in Cartagena but so far things haven’t gone to plan.
Throttle issues put pay to any fast laps in the morning sessions and an overheating rear brake brought him back into the pits after just a few laps this afternoon.
“With a brand new motorbike first time on track you’re always going to have a few teething problems!” said Laverty, speaking to Bike Social this afternoon. “It’s just a shakedown day for us but we’re hoping we’ll be able to string a few laps together in the final session of the day.
“We had a small issue with the throttle connection but we’re definitely getting there, we’re just having a few issues linking the BMW engine and the control electronics. It was to be expected! Hopefully in the next session we can get an impression of how the bike feels.
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“This afternoon we had a little issue with the rear break. We lifted it a little as it was dragging but when I went out it overheated so we had to come back in and change the caliper before getting out for a couple of laps at the end.
“We’ve had some small problems but we’re starting to get the riding position right, we just need to string a few laps together and get within a few seconds of race pace as we’ve been quite steady so far and not done anything race speed. I’ve not had much chance to feel the potential but we’re getting there slowly.”
Laverty’s teammate, Tommy Bridewell, has also endured a bumpy start. Technical issues in the afternoon’s first session saw last year’s third-placed man pull up at the side of the track mid-session.