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Eugene Laverty suffers double wrist fracture after crash in Imola practice

Ulsterman Eugene Laverty
Ulsterman Eugene Laverty

Northern Irish rider Eugene Laverty has fractured both his wrists after a nasty crash at free practice for this week's World Superbike round at Imola.

The 32-year-old came off his Ducati at the Piratella turn and landed awkwardly, sustaining the injury which has required him to be taken to hospital.

The crash caused the session to be red flagged, with Laverty ruled out of racing this weekend and the injury will surely put his involvement at Jerez on June 7 in doubt as well.

Toomebridge man Laverty has had a mixed start to the season, scoring 32 points through the opening four rounds and lying 14th in the standings.

Meanwhile, fellow countryman Jonathan Rea was fastest in free practice prior to the session being red flagged, holding off the times of rivals Chaz Davies and Alvaro Bautista.

The Kawasaki rider posted a time of 1.46.636 around the Italian circuit, which was three-tenths of a second faster than Davies in second and Bautista in third.

Rea is aiming to claw back some of the 53-point deficit between himself and Bautista at the top of the standings this week.

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