Laverty bumps head, no problems for Superpole

Eugene Laverty is lucky to avoid doing further damage to his fractured hand after a crash in Q1, but bumps his head and hurts his foot.
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.”

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February 24, 2012 10:54 AM

Brave effort from Eugene but it's the old old story of riders trying to ride with damaged hands. They just don't have that extra level of strength and control, which makes them vulnerable to even more accidents. We've seen it so many times before. Hopefully Eugene can just keep it together for 2 safe finishes and look forward to being fit for Imola.


February 24, 2012 2:39 PM

I don't think the crash has anything to do with Norge's injured hand. Everyone is falling off at Philip Island this year, even Checa who rarely tastes the gravel. Conclusion - either seagull sh*t is very slippery, or the track surface is no longer good enough for competition at this level. Maybe both. The winner this weekend may well be the rider who saves his tyres and waits for those in front of him to fall off. Jeez it's getting exciting !

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