I'm gutted to miss out but it's right call, says injured Laverty
The seventh round of the World Superbike Championship takes place at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on the Adriatic coast of Italy this weekend - but Eugene Laverty won't be in action.
The Toomebridge ace has not yet fully recovered from multiple breaks in both wrists sustained in a crash during qualifying at Imola six weeks ago.
Laverty said: "I'm devastated to miss Misano, but I have to be realistic and this is the only option. I have to have patience and wait until I'm fully fit to race, otherwise I risk putting both myself and other competitors in danger.
"I will travel to Misano to support my Team Go Eleven Ducati squad and also continue to work on my rehabilitation over race weekend.
"I will be back on track as soon as I am ready, hopefully the following round at Donington Park between July 5-7."
The team hope to have a replacement rider available to them this weekend, but it won't be British Superbike Championship leader Tommy Bridewell, who deputised for Laverty at Imola and Jerez.
Meanwhile, Kawasaki ace Jonathan Rea will be aiming to add to his all-time record race winning tally of 73 at Misano, a circuit at which he has won six times and where he took his first ever WSBK victory back in 2009 and scored a race-winning double a year ago.
The four-time world champion Ulsterman (left) said: "Misano is a race weekend I always look forward to as the track is right by the beach. After what was a difficult Jerez, it is the perfect place to go and try and get back the feeling we had at Imola.
"We had a really strong test at Misano just a few weeks ago, where I was both fast and consistent. We will have a really good idea where to start Free Practice 1 from on Friday morning and then build forward from there with my crew to maximise our potential."
Meanwhile, the Mourne Club have been forced to cancel their charitable motocross event at Millbridge, Ballynahinch tonight due to the recent weather leaving the ground sodden.
This was to have been the Mourne Club's 13th annual charitable event, and in that time they have raised in excess of £80,000 for 24 good causes.
Club chairman Billy McLarnin said: "Our annual charity event has been one of the highlights of our calendar since 2007 when we raised money for the Children's Hospice. It was not an easy decision to cancel, but hopefully we'll be fundraising again next year, with the Jenny Foundation and Ballynahinch Lions top of our list."