Eugene Laverty says he cannot be disappointed with his run to eighth position in the second World Superbike Championship race at Phillip Island considering his injuries coming into the day.
Having been a doubt to compete at all after fracturing his hand during pre-season testing, Laverty proceeded to complicate matters further when he suffered foot injuries and mild concussion in a Friday practice accident.
Nonetheless, the Irishman bounced back to qualify in 11th place and proceeded to doggedly dice inside the top ten of both races. Though a false neutral sent him off the circuit whilst he was running ninth in race one, Laverty battled hard to finish eighth in race two.
With his injuries in mind, Laverty is satisfied to have come away from the opening round with points' to show for.
“In the end, if we think about what has happened, I'm not disappointed. I would have been happy with two positions among the first ten. It's a shame that the bike went into neutral in the first race which forced me to run on.
“Race two was just as difficult due to my condition after the crashes, but all in all eight points can prove to be important for such a long and difficult championship.”