Lucky escape for Eugene Laverty after scary Imola crash

Antrim rider was not on his bike when it burst into flames in the World Superbike Championship

Eugene Laverty, Aprilla, World Superbike

Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF Milwaukee Aprilia during the Superbike race during the World Superbikes - Race at Enzo & Dino Ferrari Circuit on May 12, 2017 in Imola, Italy. NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Antrim racer Eugene Laverty had to be taken to the medical centre for a check up after his bike caught fire during a World Superboke Championship race at Imola, San Marino.

He was racing in the opening race of the World Superbike Championship event.

After the front of his bike was damaged in a collision with another rider, it veered off track towards the gravel trap.

His Milwaukee Aprilia burst into flames after hitting a barrier at the end of the gravel trap, just moments after Laverty fell off the vehicle.

Officials quickly brought out the red flag to end to the race and the victory was awarded to then leader Chaz Davies.

However, the World Superbike Championship confirmed Laverty was fine after a medical check up.