Tyco BMW’s Michael Laverty never made it out of the second MCE British Superbike qualifying session at Snetterton, after crashing unhurt at Agostini’s this afternoon.
The Northern Irishman was outside the top ten times when the incident occurred out on track. He was unable to get back on his S1000RR to be in with a shot of challenging for pole position during Superpole, and missed out on his one lap qualifier.
He now understands that it will be a hard task starting from the sixth row during the races, and because of the lack of dry time out on track he is unsure of what tyres he will use tomorrow for the double-header..
“It was quite a strange one, as I went to the pits on my out lap and I couldn’t lean the bike over. It was like my tyres were cold and it took the whole way round to Coram before I could actually lean the bike in,” said Laverty, at the track.
“I had to lean over really tentatively. The rear was coming around and I was like the tyre was cold. I gave it a steady first lap so my first lap was quite slow but I couldn't be aggressive with it.
“I started lap two, pushed on and I was half a second up on the first sector. I leaned in as normal, and then it let go. It was something strange for sure, it was a strange sensation. It gives me a hard task tomorrow, and we have had no dry run to see what tyre to race tomorrow.
“But good job we were fast at the test so we have something to use. The grip has been strange this weekend at the track so I really am thinking of running the harder tyre to see what the weather does tomorrow.”