World Superbikes: Laverty to make racing return at Donington Park

Eugene Laverty
Eugene Laverty sustained his wrist injuries during practice at Imola in May

Eugene Laverty will attempt to return from injury at the next World Superbike round at Donington Park this weekend.

The Toomebridge rider broke both wrists at Imola in May and had originally targeted a return at the last round at Misano.

Laverty has completed some running on a 300cc machine at Nutts Corner in preparation for his comeback.

"I just can't bear to stand on the sidelines if there's the slightest possibility I can compete," said Laverty.

"Ten days ago I'd come to terms with the fact that I wasn't going to be fit to ride at both Donington and Laguna Seca," added the 33-year-old.

"I began to tell myself that maybe Laguna Seca could be possible if I kept working hard. It's an anti-clockwise circuit therefore it gives the right wrist an easier time.

Eugene Laverty
Team GoEleven rider Laverty sits 14th in the standings after missing three rounds of the championship

"After six weeks of slow progress my right wrist finally moved on from the acute stage and that's when I began considering Donington too.

"I rode a 300cc bike yesterday and played around with my riding position to help with the pain. I can't silence the racer inside of me."

Fellow Northern Irishman Jonathan Rea heads into his home round sitting in second place in the standings behind Spaniard Alvaro Bautista.

The four-time WSBK champion won two races at the Italian circuit and moved to within 16 points of Ducati rider Bautista.

British Junior Supersport champion Eunan McGlinchey will make his World Supersport 300 debut at Donington Park.

The Aghadowey rider, who leads the Superstock 600 standings after back-to-back wins in the British series, will compete for French Glembbo Racing at the Leicestershire circuit.