Tight finish

The latest round of the World Supersport Championship produced yet another sterling performance from the Parkalgar Honda team’s Eugene Laverty in Italy.

A rain-affected qualifying session saw the Northern Irishman take only eighth on the starting grid but still managed to grab the lead as the race proper got under way.

A red flag resulted in the field bunching up again and an exciting duel between Laverty and overall leader Cal Crutchlow developed with the Englishman snatching victory at the line.

The two title contenders, now seperated by 14 points and well clear of the remainder, will now renew their rivalry at Donington Park’s ninth series event on Sunday.