Eugene Laverty says he has potentially inflicted more damage to his fractured foot than his initial injury did after 'snapping' the bone during the first World Superbike race at Misano.

The Irishman originally fractured his foot in an accident during his MotoGP test with Suzuki at Phillip Island last month, but while he felt he was on the mend coming to this event, the excessive pressures on the foot during the first WSBK race in Italy have now resulted in more damage.

Saying he 'felt something snap' in his foot, Laverty admits he was almost prepared to pull in, but would adjust himself to soldier on to finish race one in ninth. Given pain-killing injections for race two, Laverty would go on to finish in seventh.

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Suggesting the injury is particularly bad when riding the bike, Laverty admits it is 'unfortunate' that he appears to have made his fracture worse without having even come off the Suzuki.

"That was definitely not the easiest of days! In race one, a few laps in at turn five while I was pushing on the footrest I felt something snap inside my foot. There was a lot of pain and I struggled to ride for the next five laps but I didn't want to pull in so I just adjusted my foot and for the last five or six laps I was able to ride again and start pushing.

"For the second race I sought medical attention which allowed me to ride in a different way - I had to keep my foot in a strange position on the footrest but at least that allowed me to fight and race, because I thought I wouldn't be able to race again.

"It's unfortunate because I thought the foot was coming OK; it's ok to walk, but to ride the bike the break is exactly at the point I need to push on the footrest and I think I've done more damage now than originally. I'll do my best to be as strong as I can be in Portimao, and hope we can get the GSX-R close to the front."