Eugene Laverty in Japanese MotoGP practice crash

Eugene Laverty
Eugene Laverty's best finish this season was a fourth spot in Argentina in April

Eugene Laverty is set to be fit for Sunday's Japanese MotoGP after a crash in practice.

The Aspar Ducati rider from Toomebridge was taken away in a stretcher following the incident in Friday's session.

His Aspar team later tweeted that Laverty walked into the medical centre at the Motegi circuit and will have a routine check in hospital.

Laverty, who is 11th in the 2016 standings, is expected to recover in time for Sunday's race.

The 30-year-old secured a best finish of fourth this year and has 71 championship points with four rounds remaining.

Laverty will make a return to World Superbikes next season, competing on an Aprilia machine.