Eugene Laverty was hospitalized after the final World Superbike race

Bonovo MGM BMW rider Laverty, who announced his retirement from racing earlier this year, was involved in an incident at Turn 1 with Barni Ducati man Xavi Fores on lap 18 of 22 in the final race of the 2022 season.

The crash caused the race to stop early, giving new champion Alvaro Bautista his 16th win.

Laverty was seen being placed in an ambulance to be evaluated at the medical center, but was reportedly conscious.

WSBK released a brief statement on Twitter clarifying that the Northern Irish rider had been “diagnosed with a pelvic injury”.

It added that he would be taken to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne for further examination.

The accident ended a forgettable final season in WSBK for 2013 series runner-up Laverty, who ended the injury-plagued year 16th in the riders’ standings with best finishes of 10th at Aragon and Barcelona.

Next year the 36-year-old will take on the role of management and rider coach within the Bonovo squad, overseeing the efforts of current teammates Loris Baz and Garrett Gerloff, who have moved from GRT Yamaha for 2023 .

It continues a relationship with BMW that began in 2020, when Laverty joined Tom Sykes as a rider in the factory team before he was moved to satellite equipment for next season.

Laverty announced his decision to retire at August’s Most round, admitting that a crash in practice at Assen that prompted him to miss all three races at the Dutch TT venue influenced his decision to hang up his leathers.

He bows out in WSBK with 13 wins – the latest coming at Phillip Island in 2014 – and 35 podiums to his credit.

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