Sport Back fracture rules Davies out of Sunday's race

23:35  17 june  2017
23:35  17 june  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Davies hoping to put past Misano misfortunes behind him

  Davies hoping to put past Misano misfortunes behind him Aruba.it Ducati’s Chaz Davies is hoping to put the misfortunes of past trips to Misano behind him and reward the ‘humbling’ Italian crowd with two strong results this weekend. The World Superbike Championship has already made one visit to Italy this season at Imola, where Davies stormed to his first double of the season to reignite his title challenge. However, a difficult weekend at Donington Park a fortnight later – the result of a crash in race one and contact in the early stages of Sunday’s encounter forcing him into a recovery ride – sees Davies come into the seventh round of the season 75 points adrift of championship leader Jonathan Rea in third. Misano has not been kind to Davies over the year, the Briton scoring just one rostrum and failing to see the chequered flag on two occasions, but is feeling positive ahead of this weekend’s action. “I feel good heading into the second Italian round of the year,” said Davies. “The home fans’ support is always worth a lot: it’s humbling, enjoyable and gives you extra motivation. “We have yet to score great results at Misano and we need to put it right because we always had the pace there. “Last year we were particularly strong, but the ball just didn’t bounce our way as we crashed and the were pushed off the track during the races.” Much of the WorldSBK paddock conducted a two-day test at Misano following the Donington round. Ducati did not bring any major upgrades, instead focusing on smaller changes. Enjoying a positive test, Davies admits there are still a couple of changes to the bike’s set-up still to be made but nothing massive. “The testing was good, we just need to put together a few bits and pieces but our window has been defined and we won’t make any radical changes. “We defined a couple of potential directions to try and that’s where we’ll start from in FP1.

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Aruba.it Ducati’s Chaz Davies will miss the second race of the Rimini World Superbike round, after he sustained a fracture to his back in a collision with championship rival Jonathan Rea in race one.

Davies and Rea were battling hard on the final lap of a dramatic opening race from Misano when the Ducati rider tucked the front end into Turn 13.

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Championship leader Rea was powerless to avoid the sliding Welshman and ran over the top of him, the Kawasaki rider also falling from his machine in the incident.

Davies did get to his feet, but soon had to be carried off of the race track by the marshals, while Rea remounted his stricken ZX-10RR to finish third behind Yamaha’s Alex Lowes and Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes.

Davies hoping to put past Misano misfortunes behind him

  Davies hoping to put past Misano misfortunes behind him Aruba.it Ducati’s Chaz Davies is hoping to put the misfortunes of past trips to Misano behind him and reward the ‘humbling’ Italian crowd with two strong results this weekend. The World Superbike Championship has already made one visit to Italy this season at Imola, where Davies stormed to his first double of the season to reignite his title challenge. However, a difficult weekend at Donington Park a fortnight later – the result of a crash in race one and contact in the early stages of Sunday’s encounter forcing him into a recovery ride – sees Davies come into the seventh round of the season 75 points adrift of championship leader Jonathan Rea in third. Misano has not been kind to Davies over the year, the Briton scoring just one rostrum and failing to see the chequered flag on two occasions, but is feeling positive ahead of this weekend’s action. “I feel good heading into the second Italian round of the year,” said Davies. “The home fans’ support is always worth a lot: it’s humbling, enjoyable and gives you extra motivation. “We have yet to score great results at Misano and we need to put it right because we always had the pace there. “Last year we were particularly strong, but the ball just didn’t bounce our way as we crashed and the were pushed off the track during the races.” Much of the WorldSBK paddock conducted a two-day test at Misano following the Donington round. Ducati did not bring any major upgrades, instead focusing on smaller changes. Enjoying a positive test, Davies admits there are still a couple of changes to the bike’s set-up still to be made but nothing massive. “The testing was good, we just need to put together a few bits and pieces but our window has been defined and we won’t make any radical changes. “We defined a couple of potential directions to try and that’s where we’ll start from in FP1.

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Davies was taken to hospital in Rimini where scans revealed he had suffered a fracture of the transverse process of the third lumbar vertebrae. The Ducati rider, who is now 91 points adrift of the championship lead in third, will sit out Sunday’s second race, while his participation in the eighth round of the season at Laguna Seca in three weeks remains unknown.

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“The end of today’s race leaves a bitter taste in our mouth,” said Ducati Superbike project director Ernesto Marinelli.

“Chaz and Marco (Melandri, team-mate) rode a memorable race, both showing they could win, but they crashed out during the last lap.

“Marco will have another go at it tomorrow, while we’re deeply saddened by what happened to Chaz.

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“He will now observe a rest period, but he has a strong character and I’m sure he’ll tackle it with the same mettle he’s racing with.”

Third-placed Rea, whose championship lead was cut to 46 points as a result of the incident, ran over to Davies on his in-lap to check his condition. The Kawasaki rider later apologised for hitting him and expressed his disappointment at how the race ended for the pair of them.

“The plan was to just release the brake and go up the inside of Chaz on the last corner, but unfortunately for both of us it did not get that far,” he said.

“Especially for Chaz. He made a mistake and tucked the front and I am super sorry that I hit him, but I had absolutely nowhere to go.

“I hope he is OK. It was a shame for me and Chaz as we were fighting for the victory.”

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Lizzie Deignan claims fourth National Road Race title .
Lizzie Deignan overhauled long-time leader Elinor Barker in the final stages to claim her fourth National Road Race title on the Isle of Man on Sunday. The Boels-Dolmans rider added to her Tour de Yorkshire title in April as she caught Barker (Matrix Pro Cycling) with less than 2km remaining of the 103.7km course.Barker led by a minute at one stage before being reeled in, with Katie Archibald (Team WNT) and defending champion Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) finishing second and third respectively. Deignan said: "It's great to be in the (national champion's) jersey again.

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