Laverty admits lack of form

Michael Laverty knows he is not the in-form rider heading into the MCE Insurance British Superbike Showdown – but it certainly won’t stop the Samsung Honda rider gunning for the early initiative in Holland this weekend.

Laverty admits lack of form

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BRITISH SUPERBIKE Michael Laverty tests the new Samsung Honda bike at Snetterton on March 23

While Josh Brookes, Tommy Hill and Shane Byrne – despite missing the last two rounds with injury – have cruised into the top-six ahead of the play-off style Showdown over the last three rounds Laverty’s progress has been far less serene.

The Northern Irishman has always looked like being the fourth member of the six-strong title fight but with only a pair of wins to his name Laverty has yet to hit top form in 2012.

It’s a fact the 31-year-old is the first to accept – pointing to Brookes as BSB’s form man ahead of this weekend – but he’s itching to put it right in Holland.

The trip to Assen is the first time that the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship has headed to the continent but Laverty is not about to worry about the magnitude of his surroundings.

“I didn’t come into the Showdown with the momentum I wanted to and I need to hit the ground running as soon as we get to the circuit,” he said. “I can’t really afford to get caught up in the sense of occasion. 

“It’s going to be a really good end to the season and Assen seems like an appropriate way to kick things off because it’s exciting for all the riders whether they are in the Showdown or not.

“I think Josh is taking the momentum in to the Showdown with him but I’ve been here enough to know form isn’t that important in the final three rounds – it’s all about who gets it right for those last races and I am expecting there to be a really close battle for the title.  

“Riding on a new track is always an exciting experience but going abroad, and going to a track as popular as Assen, is really something else and hopefully it will be a memorable weekend for me.”

But, while Laverty believes Brookes has the form coming into Assen, the Samsung Honda rider believes the unknown quantity that is the Dutch track makes this weekend something of a lottery.

He added: “I don’t think anyone has the advantage as we’ve all had testing miles there, so really any one of the Showdown contenders are realistically in with a shot of winning."

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