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Laverty: “It hasn't been the best test for us”

Laverty: “It hasn't been the best test for us”

Eugene Laverty returns to track to test his hand on Wednesday but makes made no improvements in time.

The three-day Sepang test got off to a disastrous for Aspar MotoGP Team’s Eugene Laverty as he fell at turn four and damaged his right hand. Initial reports suggested he had broken his right hand but it was revealed after multiple scans he had suffered only heavy spraining and bruising. Forced to miss the action on Tuesday, Laverty returned to track on Wednesday with the hope of assessing his condition. Unfortunately rain meant that all riders on Wednesday had the majority of their track time limited, things were made worse as the Irishman encountered clutch issues which saw him unable to complete a single flying lap before the rain returned. He was able to fully understand the condition of his hand, which improved with more use after an initial spike of pain. Phillip Island will host the next test in two weeks, Laverty planning to rest in order to be fully fit.

Eugene Laverty: “Unfortunately it hasn't been the best test for us, with a crash on day one that ruled me out of day two. I was ready to ride on day three but there was rain in the morning so we waited for the track to dry and then had a problem with the clutch, which meant that I couldn't complete a full lap. Then the rain came back so it's been really unfortunate for us! On the positive side I was able to complete some laps and at least check my hand. At first there was some pain but the more I used the hand and kept the glove on it the better it felt. At the end of the day the pain increased again so I decided to stop because I wasn't able to ride comfortably. Now I need to rest it and hopefully it will be 100% for the next test in Australia.”

MotoGP, 2016, SEPANG MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, DAY3, Eugene Laverty, Pull & Bear Aspar Team, #SepangTest

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