Milwaukee Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty feels the team are now capable of challenging for a first rostrum of the 2017 World Superbike season due to improved performances.
Championship leader Jonathan Rea stretched his lead at the top of the World Superbikes Championship to 59 points.
Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes were challenging for the win, but fell away near the finish thanks to a lack of rear tyre grip.
Chaz Davies passed polesitter Sykes for the lead at the top of the Corkscrew with 14 laps to go, and never looked back.
The Kawasakis of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea came to the party in Superpole qualifying, snatching the top two spots on the grid for the eighth World Superbikes round at Laguna Seca.
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