Eugene Laverty is NW bound despite crash injuries
Northern Ireland's World Superbike ace Eugene Laverty intends fulfilling his North West 200 commitments next week, despite breaking both wrists in a crash during free practice for this weekend's World Superbike round at Imola in Italy.
Eugene will undergo specialist surgery in Barcelona this afternoon after being flown to Spain by private plane.
Wife Pippa said last night: "Eugene landed on both hands and, luckily, has no head injuries or anything like that. We still plan to be back in Northern Ireland on Tuesday. It's North West week and Eugene doesn't want to miss out on that. He is in good spirits."
Laverty is booked for two North West chat shows, including one with countryman Jonathan Rea, the reigning World Superbike champion, who will start today's first race at Imola on pole.
Top draw Michael Dunlop is expected to be fit to compete at the North West after fears he would miss the event due to injury. Dunlop sustained a wrist injury after crashing during testing last week, putting his North West appearance in doubt.
However, the five-time North West winner has made a quick recovery and is expected to take his place on the grid for his first road racing appearance since the loss of brother William at the Skerries 100 last July.