Michael Laverty denied maiden rostrum at Knockhill

Michael Laverty on the Tyco BMW at Knockhill
Michael Laverty on the Tyco BMW at Knockhill

Tyco BMW’s Michael Laverty was denied his maiden rostrum finish of the season at Knockhill on Sunday despite crossing the line in second place in race one.

The Northern Ireland rider appeared to have sealed a runner-up finish to clinch his first podium in the MCE British Superbike Championship this year after passing Aussie Josh Brookes and PBM Kawasaki’s Stuart Easton.

However, Laverty received a one-second time penalty for overtaking Milwaukee Yamaha rider Brookes under waved double yellow flags in the opening race, pushing him back to fourth overall in the classification.

The decision was taken following a lengthy review led by Series and Race Director Stuart Higgs and other race representatives.

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne took the win on the PBM Kawasaki with Easton promoted to second place and Brookes jumping to third.

In race two, Byrne completed a double as he beat team-mate Easton by 0.4 seconds with Brookes again third in a repeat of the reshuffled race one positions.

Buildbase BMW’s Ryuichi Kiyonari was fourth ahead of Honda’s Jason O’Halloran, with Laverty finishing the race in seventh.

Race two was halted on lap 19 due to rain and held over an 11-lap sprint.

Laverty’s team-mate, Tommy Bridewell, crashed out after finishing seventh in the opening race at the Scottish track.