Aprilia's Eugene Laverty can't hide his frustration after a hand injury hampered his chances at the opening World Superbike round in Australia.

A crash during pre-season tests at Phillip Island placed the Irish rider's participation in the season opener in doubt, but Laverty made it onto the grid and finished eighth in race two after retiring from the first.

The 25-year-old flew his physiotherapist Mickey Kerr over to Australia to aid his progress and although ultimately disappointed not to have scored points in both races, Laverty was grateful for his eighth place finish in the second race.

"It would have been nice to have got points in both races. It would have made the effort more worthwhile if I had got two eighth positions," he told the official World Superbike website, www.worldsbk.com.

"It was such an effort to ride at that level so to make it so far along and then to have the problems that robbed me of the points in race one was frustrating. In the end we were where we needed to be on track.

"It was important that Mickey came out to work with me and he really helped my chances. His help got me on the grid really. Scoring points made it worthwhile."

Reflecting on his injuries, Laverty added: "My ankle is sprained but my left hand feels a bit more normal even after a couple of days after the race. I am just well beaten around, so my right shoulder and left fingers are hurting.

"My head is starting to clear up a bit more and luckily we have a bit of a break now until the next round. I don't think I need any surgery on my cracked hand. I had a similar injury a few years ago, opted against surgery and it turned out to be the best thing I could have done.

"I am not a big fan of getting metalwork in there unless it is completely necessary. It was a really frustrating ten days or so and everything that could go wrong did go wrong, but it wasn't really anyone's fault in the end."

Laverty is now aiming to be fit for further testing at Aragon on March 18-19.