Eugene Laverty says he is fine to compete in the remainder of the World Superbike Championship weekend at Phillip Island, despite taking a spill during the early stages of Q1.

The Irishman, who is already being hampered by a fractured hand this weekend, was a tentative 22nd fastest in FP1 as he tested the strength of the cracked bone, but his hopes of progressing in Q1 were scuppered by an accident at Lukey Heights during its early stages.

Bumping his head and foot, but doing no further damage to the hand, though Laverty sat out the session as he was examined at the medical centre, he says he will be back out on track tomorrow in his quest to reach Superpole.

"In the first session I just wanted to see how my hand would perform," the Aprilia rider said. "In the second the feeling was good from the first laps. I was on a used tyre and I lost the back end and took a slide, hitting my head and my foot.

"I'm fine now and there don't seem to be any problems for tomorrow, but I'm still disappointed about the important time we lost because of the crash. Tomorrow the goal is to stay in the top sixteen in order to get into Superpole and try to bring home good results in the two races."