Eugene Laverty ready to race after dramatic Imola crash

Laverty ready to race after dramatic Imola crash
By Eurosport

13/05/2017 at 22:03Updated 13/05/2017 at 22:48

Northern Ireland's Eugene Laverty suffered a dramatic crash at Imola that saw the first race cut short in round five of the Superbike World Championship.

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He lost control at high speed on a straight after his Milwaukee Aprilia bike had been jostling for position with Yamaha rider Alex Lowes on the 13th of 19 scheduled laps.

As Laverty was sent skidding across the road surface, his bike careered ahead of him into barriers and burst into flames.

Video - Laverty in horror crash as bike explodes in fireball


The red flag swiftly went up and the race was halted, with Ducati's Welsh rider Chaz Davies taking the win ahead of Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) and Marco Melandri (Ducati).

The second race of the weekend takes place on Sunday.