Go Eleven Ducati’s Eugene Laverty is all set to return to WorldSBK action at Donington Park this weekend just six weeks after breaking both wrists in a whopping crash at Imola.
Laverty underwent surgery on multiple fractures in both arms after the incident in free practice, and has had to watch Tommy Bridewell and Lorenzo Zanetti ride his Panigale V4R ever since.
Intense physio has paved the way for a return this weekend but the Irishman still has to be passed fit by track medics tomorrow.
“Ten days ago I’d come to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to be fit to ride at both Donington and Laguna Seca. But without something to aim for I felt dejected and so I began to tell myself that maybe Laguna Seca could be possible if I kept working hard,” said Laverty.
It’s an anti-clockwise circuit therefore it gives the right wrist an easier time. After six weeks of slow progress my right wrist finally moved on from the acute stage and that’s when I began considering Donington too. I rode a 300cc bike yesterday and played around with my riding position to help with the pain.
“Donington will be a huge challenge physically but mentally I just can’t bear to stand on the sidelines if there’s even the slightest possibility that I can compete. I can’t silence the racer inside of me.”