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Best Weekend So Far For Buildbase BMW

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Buildbase BMW Motorrad had their best weekend of the season so far with both riders securing their first points of the season at Croft.

John Laverty returned to action on board the S1000 RR after an injured finger forced him to miss the last round at Oulton Park. The Northern Irishman kept his head in the constantly changing weather conditions to finish 13th. Teammate Ian Lowry finished right behind but was demoted to 18th after receiving a time penalty for overtaking under yellow flags.

Race two brought more favourable conditions and the 24-year-old from Newry once again finished 14th, but this time it was for keeps. Laverty's hopes of a second points finish were dashed after he lost time after losing time behind the safety car, deployed after an accident between Jon Kirkham and Michael Laverty.

In the EVO Class, Barry Burrell delighted his home supporters by finishing on the podium in race two. Tyre problems brought an early end to the first race for the Bishop Auckland man, but he recovered in the second race of the day to claim his second rostrum finish of the year.

Team Principal Stuart Hicken was pleased to see the expected progress coming true, and can only see Buildbase BMW Motorrad moving forward as the season progresses.

“This feels like the first weekend when every one of my riders has been racing, rather than developing. We’ve had our first points of the season in British Superbikes for both Ian Lowry and John Laverty and Barry Burrell took the second BSB-EVO podium of the season – at his home race.”

“I’m very pleased with today’s results, which show we’re on track to be a real contender by the fifth round – which was always my prediction. With new gearboxes and engine modifications to get more power from the Superbike engines, I’m very much looking forward to Thruxton and the upcoming races.”

The Hampshire circuit will host the fourth round of the championship on the 28th-30th May, with Shane 'Shakey' Byrne leading the series by three points ahead of John Hopkins.

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