BSB: Michael Laverty says shackles are off at Assen

Tyco BMW's Michael Laverty
Tyco BMW's Michael Laverty

Michael Laverty says the pressure has eased somewhat after the Tyco BMW rider secured his place in the MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown, which commences this weekend at Assen in the Netherlands.

The vastly experienced Toomebridge rider, who holds sixth place in the standings, admitted he was concerned over the prospect of missing the cut earlier in the season but with his objective secured, Laverty is fired up for the final three rounds of the series.

“For me it was a huge relief to qualify for the Showdown because I did go into the Oulton Park weekend a little worried,” said Laverty, whose team-mate Tommy Bridewell also made it into the Showdown in fourth place.

“Our goal at the start of the season was to get both Tyco BMWs into the Showdown and yes there was a point in the year where we didn’t think that would happen. We have achieved that and now I am looking forward to getting back to my normal self at Assen.

“In a way I can take a slightly more relaxed attitude as from sixth place I can only move up in the Showdown,” he added.

“Anything can happen and one incident can change the whole championship in an instant. We have seen that before at Assen as there won’t be any holding back now from anyone and that isn’t just from the top six.”

Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes heads the title race by three points from Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki).