British Superbikes: Michael Laverty misses out on top six spot

Michael Laverty
Michael Laverty made an uncharacteristic error on the final lap of race two

A crash on the final lap of the second British Superbike race of the weekend at Oulton Park cost Michael Laverty a place in the series' top six showdown.

Laverty, who was seventh in the opening race, was again lying in seventh when he crashed out at the Hizzys section.

The Tyco BMW rider was fourth in race three but was overtaken in the overall standings by Luke Mossey who was second behind triple winner Leon Haslam.

The top six riders will contend for the championship at the final three rounds.

Haslam won all three races at the Cheshire circuit, with his JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mate James Ellison runner-up on two occasions.

Glenn Irwin and Alastair Seeley failed to finish the opener on Saturday, but took ninth and 15th places respectively in race two on Sunday.

Irwin dropped to 11th place in the final outing, with Seeley two places further down the field.

Glenn Irwin
Glenn Irwin is now 12th in the British Superbike Championship standings

Haslam leads the championship on 326 points, followed by Shane Byrne with 290 and Jason O'Halloran on 237.

Laverty lies seventh with 168 points, five points behind Mossey and four adrift of Linfoot. Irwin is 12th on 100 points.

Meanwhile Fermanagh rider Josh Elliott triumphed in the Superstock 1000cc class after race leader Ian Hutchinson and title rival Taylor Mackenzie collided and crashed out on the final bend.

Clogher rider Keith Farmer was third and lies third in the series, with Elliott in fourth. Mackenzie retains his 23-point advantage over Hutchinson in the leading two positions.

Northern Ireland rider David Allingham had two fifth places in the Supersport class, with compatriot Andrew Irwin sixth and seventh.

The final three BSB rounds will be staged at Donington Park, Assen and Brands Hatch.

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