Laverty to sit out UK races after post-FP2 medical checks

Friday, 5 July 2019 17:48 GMT

The Irish rider returned to the track on Friday but has finally been deemed not apt to compete in racing conditions

Eugene Laverty’s (Team Goeleven) spell on the sidelines is set to continue at least one more week as he will be forced to miss the remainder of the Prosecco DOC UK Round. The Irish rider was originally deemed fit to take part in Friday’s Free Practice, but after further medical checks undertaken throughout the day his participation has finally been halted.

While Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was given the full go-ahead around midday, a decision on Laverty’s condition was delayed until after FP2. It was in this final review where the official medical team ruled out the 33-year-old’s participation for the rest of the weekend.

Laverty had finished the day last out of the eighteen participants in the UK Round, 2.676 seconds behind the leading time set by Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team). Laverty’s last race was at the April Dutch Round, with a frightening crash in FP1 at Imola the reason for his absences since then.

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