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Laverty breaks wrist in testing fall

Eugene Laverty ends the year on a sour note as a frightening fall at turn seven results in a broken left wrist and dislocated right shoulder.
Eugene Laverty's winter training programme will be hindered by injury after he broke his left wrist and dislocated his right shoulder in a fall at the close of his second day of testing at Jerez.

Having used Wednesday to bed in the new electronics package, Laverty was beginning to adjust the Aspar Ducati GP14.2 to his liking before a fast fall at turn seven sent him towards the gravel trap.

The Northern Irishman lost the front of the machine just after touching the front brake. The resulting impact broke his left radius bone as well as impacting his head and right shoulder.

“It's a disappointing end to a good day of testing,” said Laverty. “We made good progress with the new electronics and the last exit before I crashed was probably the first time we had the bike working correctly. The lap times were getting better and then I crashed, so I'm disappointed.”

The incident came just an hour after Michele Pirro suffered a similar fall at turn twelve, the second of the fast rights that end the lap. The Italian was fortunate to walk away from the spill.

Laverty was taken to local hospital for a CAT scan and to check for further injuries. He will travel to Barcelona on Friday, where Dr Xavier Mir will conduct surgery on his wrist.

“It would always be nice to do another day but the positive thing is that the bike is working well, we are not too far away from the others and Yonny can continue to test tomorrow. Also the Ducati guys are making a big effort so the aim right now is to recover and return in Sepang in a good way.”

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November 27, 2015 2:27 PM

Yearby23: Lets hope it isn't the scaphoid. If so it's bye bye career.
What are you talking about? These guys get the very best in surgery and rehab, there are plenty of riders who have suffered a broken scaphoid and continued their careers, including a certain Casey Stoner who broke his in 2003 and never got it properly sorted until 2008/9. It's probably the most common broken bone in motorcycle racing.


November 27, 2015 3:49 PM

NH69 probably had one of the worst wrist injuries one could have. Have you checked him out lately? Doing the business in WSBK testing. EL50 should be fine. IMHO Eugene should be in WSBK. That is where he can win something.

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