BSB Snetterton, Sunday 27th **Spoilers**

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BSB Snetterton, Sunday 27th **Spoilers**

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Hey guys,

Not sure if there is much of a BSB following on this forum, but thought I would start a thread for anyone who is interested!

From Friday Practice, FP2:

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Good to see that Laverty has found some pace, especially as he was one of the title favourites coming into this season. Some big names further down, but nothing to worry about unless they are still there come Saturday afternoon!

Seeley was quickest in FP1, but then this happened in FP2! He is OK though:

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I follow it closely and watch all races afterwards. Last meeting had some really cracking racing and I hope Snetterton can bring more of the same. Really impressed with how Tommy Hill has coped with the pressure of being champ and the terrible start he had at Brands. Michael Laverty is still very inconsistent but it is good to see more top names up there. Gowland has found some pace as well - had high hopes for him after the end of last season when he dominated in the EVO class.

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Closest ever QP for BSB as Brookes got pole by 0.001 of a second! He is looking so focused and determined this year, I think this might be his best ever performance and he is certainly a hell of a lot more consistent than he has been in the past.

Looks like absolutely baking weather there and with all signs that it will continue until tomorrow!

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Glad to see that Haga-san improved!
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Yes I think so too! I was kind of worried that Jonathan Palmer had spent a load of money to get him into the series (Haga being well known for always getting a good wage packet throughout his career) only for us to get 'can't be arsed Haga' who appeared on the odd occasion previously.

And, again some people commented that perhaps he wouldn't be able to adjust to life in the UK. But, I think Haga, as the least Japanese of Japanese riders (I don't mean that in a bad way, more concerning his character) really has more chance than anyone, I think culturally and at least there is less chance of him being like Kiyonari in that final year and just wishing that he was at home. Wouldn't put it past him getting a win or two certainly, and making it into the top 6 for the title shoot-out, probably the only thing that can stop him will be the pies! :D

Glorious weather in Snetterton today, hottest day of the year so hopefully there will be some quality racing!

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Great last laps in the Supersport race. :D
Top four within 96 thousands of a second.

A shame Tommys engine gave up in race two though.

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Mini Ninj, nice one for starting this - always seems to be me :)

A few images - bet there is a drought of sun crean for once!

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Round four –27 May – Snetterton
LAVERTY MAKES A MAGNIFICENT SEVEN BUT BROOKES EDGES STANDINGS LEAD

Results

Race one:
1:Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha)
2:Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +1.234s
3:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +6.847s
4:Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha) +10.304s
5:Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +10.333s
6:Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +16.360s

Race two:
1:Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda)
2:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.336s
3:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.792s
4:Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) +5.359s
5:Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda) +8.974s
6:Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +9.223s

Championship standings:
1:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 124
2:Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 123
3:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 108
4:Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) 81
5:Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) 73
6:Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 66

Report

Michael Laverty believes that his strong fourth round points haul with a second place and a victory has kick-started his bid to fight for the MCE Insurance British Superbike crown. He became the seventh winner from eight races in a dramatic round at Snetterton as Josh Brookes took a one point lead over Tommy Hil in the overall standings.

Laverty was full of confidence at the sun-drenched circuit, building on the work his team had carried out to solve the problems he had encountered in the earlier rounds, but he was denied the winning double by a momentary flash of a warning light in the first race.

He had taken the early lead but slowed after six laps, explaining: “The red oil lights flashed on and I thought I was losing pressure and had to look down to see if I was losing oil but then I realised all was fine so I pushed on.”

Reigning champion Hill exploited that by taking the lead and powering his Swan Yamaha to his second victory of the season, with Laverty second in front of the Tyco Suzuki of Brookes.

Laverty’s first race pace gave him pole for the second race and he led throughout but behind them there was plenty of drama. Hill was in contention until he was sidelined by a machine problem and his team-mate Noriyuka Haga crashed out of fourth. Luca Scassa and then Tommy Bridewell also went down.

Shane Byrne whose first race was ended by machine problems made the most of his engine change to take second on his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ahead of Brookes whose pair of thirds put him ahead of Hill at the top of the overall standings.

The day though belonged to Laverty and he enthused: “Getting second place was a massive load off my shoulders and then we made some changes to the bike between races and that gave me a bit more speed next time out.

“I was able to work the tyres that little bit harder and that gave me the edge and the front-end feel of the bike to be able to push on harder, so I was really happy to take the victory,”added Laverty.

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