BSB Knockhill - Race results (2)
Full race results (2) for the fifth round of the 2012 MCE British Superbike Championship at Knockhill
1. Michael Laverty GBR Samsung Honda CBR1000RR 24m 42.773s
2. Shane Byrne GBR Rapid PBM Kawasaki ZX-10R +0.765s
3. Tommy Hill GBR Swan Yamaha YZF-R1 +3.091s
4. Josh Brookes AUS Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 +4.119s
5. James Westmoreland GBR WFR Honda CBR1000RR +11.068s
6. Tommy Bridewell GBR Supersonic BMW S1000RR +11.227s
7. Alastair Seeley GBR Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 +13.074s
8. Alex Lowes GBR WFR Honda CBR1000RR +15.389s
9. Graeme Gowland GBR WFR Honda CBR1000RR +16.658s
10. Ian Lowry GBR Padgetts Honda CBR1000RR +21.224s
11. Barry Burrell GBR Buildbase BMW S1000RR +21.397s
12. Tristan Palmer GBR GBmoto Honda CBR1000RR +25.865s
13. Peter Hickman GBR Buildbase BMW S1000RR +27.298s
14. Jon Kirkham GBR Samsung Honda CBR1000RR +28.593s
15. Luke Quigley GBR GBmoto Honda CBR1000RR +29.124s
16. Scott Smart GBR Moto Rapido Ducati 1199 +35.107s
17. Patric Muff SUI Supersonic BMW S1000RR +35.298s
18. Freddy Foray FRA Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R +44.405s
19. Florian Marino FRA Splitlath Redmond Aprilia RSV4 +1 lap
20. Jenny Tinmouth GBR Hardinge Honda CBR1000RR +2 laps
21. John Laverty GBR Splitlath Redmond Aprilia RSV4 27 laps completed
22. Noriyuki Haga JPN Swan Yamaha YZF-R1 17 laps completed
23. Michael Rutter GBR MSS Bathams Kawasaki ZX-10R 16 laps completed
24. Tom Tunstall GBR Jentin Doodson Honda CBR1000RR 16 laps completed
25. Chris Walker GBR Pr1mo BKR Kawasaki ZX-10R 9 laps completed
26. Luca Scassa ITA Padgetts Honda CBR1000RR 7 laps completed
27. Abdulaziz Binladin KSA Moto Rapido Ducati 1199 5 laps completed
James Hillier GBR Pr1mo BKR Kawasaki ZX-10R DNS
Aaron Zanotti GBR A Plant Suzuki GSX-R1000 DNS
Laverty leaves rivals trailing in Scotland
Laverty puts in a feisty performance to pass both Shane Byrne and Tommy Hill on the way to his second MCE British Superbike Championship win of the season.
Michael Laverty has notched up three more precious podium credits after pushing through to victory in the second MCE British Superbike Championship race of the day at Knockhill.
The Samsung Honda rider finished a close third behind Shane Byrne and Tommy Hill in the opening encounter, but changes to the CBR1000RR during the break transformed him into the rider to beat as he worked his way to the head of the field.
Starting third, Laverty was initially consigned to fourth behind pole sitter Hill, race one winner Byrne and Ian Lowry, but after dispatching of the latter at the end of lap one by out-braking him into the last turn, he pulled a similar move to overtake Byrne on lap three. Though Byrne responded with an immediate re-pass into turn one, Laverty eventually nosed ahead to go in search of leader Hill.
Seemingly much stronger on the brakes into the final corner hairpin, though Laverty's first attempts to pass Hill would see him scythe through and subsequently run wide – allowing the Yamaha back past -, he eventually got it right on lap 12.
Byrne also made it past Hill on lap 13 but was unable to keep up with Laverty, who duly maintained a lead of almost one second to the chequered flag.
Marking his second win of the season, the result puts him clear of the crucial sixth place battle in the standings, as well as increasing his podium credits to nine, compared to Hill on 15, Byrne on 13 and Brookes on 8.
Byrne finished the meeting as the highest scorer to put himself just two podium credits behind Hill, who held on to complete the podium and leave Scotland as the new leader in the standings.
Erstwhile championship leader Josh Brookes completed a fairly anonymous weekend in a lonely fourth, dropping him to third overall, though he remains just nine points off a tight lead fight.
James Westmoreland matched his best-ever BSB finish with a run to fifth on the WFR Honda, the birthday boy benefitting from Noriyuki Haga crashing out of the position on lap 18 to just keep sixth place Tommy Bridewell at bay.
Alastair Seeley passed Alex Lowes late on to finish seventh, with Graeme Gowland and Lowry rounding out the top ten, the latter seemingly struggling with set-up problems on the Padgetts Honda having run strongly early on.
Barry Burrell followed up in 11th, ahead of Tristan Palmer and Peter Hickman, who put in an excellent run to 13th place having coming into the race with only limited experience on the Buildbase BMW race. An off-form Jon Kirkham and Luke Quigley completed the top 15 finishers