British Superbikes: Laverty clinches Thruxton victory

Michael Laverty moved up three places in the British Superbike Championship series at Thruxton
Michael Laverty moved up three places in the British Superbike Championship series at Thruxton

Michael Laverty impressed in Sunday's British Superbikes round at Thruxton with a win and second-placed finish.

The Tyco BMW rider from Toomebridge has moved up to fourth in the standings while fellow NI competitor Glenn Irwin secured his first BSB podium spot.

Jordanstown's Andy Reid won both Supersport races to go just a point behind series leader Tarran Mackenzie.

Keith Farmer came in second in the Superstock 1000 race with Josh Elliott taking third spot.

Carl Phillips was 10th in the Superstock 600 event but the Derriaghy rider still holds a 29-point lead in the championship.

Laverty held the lead in the restarted race one on the English circuit but had to settle for second behind Shane Byrne.

However, he stormed to victory in race two with Irwin, who was third, making it two NI riders on the podium.

Carrick's Alastair Seeley had 14th and 22nd place finishes.

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Consistency key to title tilt - Laverty

Special success

Reid followed up Saturday's sprint win with victory in the feature Supersport race on Sunday.

"It has been a really special weekend - it's four years to the day since my dad passed so I pushed for that feature win," Reid told the official BSB website.

"We thought we would struggle a little this weekend but we had a great set up and we're now only one point from the Championship lead.

"It feels great to be back on top."

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