WSBK » Laverty to trial injured hand on Friday

Eugene Laverty says he is 'confident' he can ride around his injured hand at Phillip Island this weekend, but will wait until after Friday practice before confirming it.

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February 23, 2012 8:10 AM
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I can't see the point in racing if Eugene's hand isn't healed enough. As he says himself, he needs to be 100% fit to get where he needs to be in the race, so it's a bit daft to go out there with a knackered hand isn't it! Look how hard Jonathan Rea tried to carry on with a damaged wrist before admitting defeat and staying away to sort himself out good and proper. Rome wasn't built in a day and the season has a long way to go so I would wait if I was Eugene, but we will see what the outcome is soon!!

GPFan - Unregistered

February 23, 2012 8:25 AM

One only has to look what has been dealt to Hopper21. Trying to come back to soon from each of his hand breaks has lead to the finger chop. Eugene's left hand is not as complicated as the break and gas hand of Hopper though.

Good Luck UL

do the math - Unregistered

February 23, 2012 9:36 AM

maclaren cant see the point,well its this,this guys serious about the title this year and he dont want checa max or whoever to have 50points head start on him,thats hard to claw back,so hes goin out to try and salvage some points to keep the gap to a minimum,its tough this championship,two races a day and the points soon add up,good luck to him


February 23, 2012 9:44 AM

@do the math I think McLaren P was more concerned for Eugen's wellbeing, but either way these guys are hard and super focussed so I can see Norge giving it a go. I just pray he doesn't fall off again. As a title contender he's got to get every last point and at least has 4 weeks before the next race.


February 23, 2012 10:16 AM

@ do the math - I understand the need to amass points, but why risk further injury which might mean longer time away for the sake of maybe 1 race?? There's a long way to go and I just think a rider needs to be as near 100% fit as possible to give himself every chance. Too many riders take a chance and end up worst off, as someone has said, look at John Hopkins!!!!

Buddner - Unregistered

February 23, 2012 3:35 PM

The only way he will find out how hard he can push himself in face conditions is to race and iy he feels that he can't continue i'm sure he'll pull in


February 23, 2012 4:50 PM

Norge has his Doc down there with him. The Doc will advise what is and isn't possible and the likely consequences. Norge will then decide his actions following a short period of practising. I'd think that he'll not complete many practice laps to save the hand. If he decides to continue he'll probably not risk the hand by trying too hard in qualifying. If he rides he'll race for points in at least the first race. Then he'll decide whether or not to ride in the second race. He'll want damage limitation to both the hand and his championship standings. You've got to admire the bloke's tenacity. Go, Norge.

darren - Unregistered

February 23, 2012 5:56 PM

cant understand all this talk of laverty winning title, he has won nowt in his career ,his not even norn irons best johnny is way faster. just on bad bike. laverty will be easy for max. should of kept camier, hes better than laverty and he was rubbish last year

rob w - Unregistered

February 23, 2012 6:50 PM

It isn't a bad break and it's only his third finger on his left hand, using it will not make it a whole heap worse it'll hurt like hell but he'll be fine with some pain killers and a couple of Jabs.

I know I've had 4 metacarple breaks, 1 was the 2nd finger on my right hand in 3 places with a bit displaced, hurt like sh*t and my whole hand went green, but it still worked (sort of!)

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