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Sport Back fracture rules Davies out of Sunday's race

23:35  17 june  2017
23:35  17 june  2017 Source:

Davies hoping to put past Misano misfortunes behind him

  Davies hoping to put past Misano misfortunes behind him 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.

UPDATE AS OF 4.50PM: More details begin to be issued about Chaz Davies ' condition. The rider has suffered a fracture of the third lumbar vertebrae as well MotoAmerica. The team Suzuki Yoshimura Spaniard has won 5 races out of 6, Scholtz and Beaubier forced to follow on their Yamahas.

Jockey Sam Twiston- Davies ruled out until December after breaking elbow in fall at Sandown. X-rays showed a fracture of his olecranon. He hopes to be back in time for Newbury’ s Winter Carnival on December 1-2. Get the Racing RSS feed. 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.

WorldSBK set to decide on control ECU 'within the following weeks'

  WorldSBK set to decide on control ECU 'within the following weeks' World Superbike Championship bosses are set to decide on introducing control electronics to the series for 2018 in the coming weeks, as it seeks to create a more competitive championship. In recent weeks, several team bosses have called on WorldSBK to reduce the performance gap in the championship and give other manufacturers a chance to compete with the all-conquering Kawasaki and Ducati. Kawasaki and Ducati have won all bar one race in WorldSBK since the beginning of 2016, while KRT riders Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea and Ducati’s Chaz Davies have finished top three in the standings since 2015. The Superbike Commission held a meeting on the Friday of the Catalunya Grand Prix last week to discuss the idea of introducing a control electronics package to the series. No decision was taken there, but one is imminent. “There were no decisions taken for an immediate application,” an FIM statement read. “However, the possibility of controlling and applying a single Electronics Control Unit in the SBK class for 2018 was discussed. The final decision about using a single ECU would be taken within the following weeks.” Control Electronics are nothing new in top tier motorcycle racing. The British Superbike Championship switched to a unified package in 2012, whereby no rider aids are allowed. More recently, MotoGP introduced control electronics for the 2016 season to close the performance gap. Unlike BSB, rider aids are still present, but more for safety rather than performance gain.

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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.

Set-up change gives Melandri renewed confidence at Misano

  Set-up change gives Melandri renewed confidence at Misano Marco Melandri heads into Saturday’s track action at Misano with renewed confidence, after several set-up changes resolved many of the issues that have plagued him in previous rounds. The Ducati rider has been struggling with rear stability while shifting up through the gearbox, as well as with a lack of confidence under braking and difficulties in turning his Panigale mid-corner. The former of those issues was mostly improved during the two-day test at Misano last month, but his woes into and through the turns continued. Applying several changes Ducati ran out of time to try at the test, Melandri feels he is finally heading in the right direction with the bike. “The team did a really great job after our last test here, analysing the data and coming up with a set-up that turned out to work quite well,” the Italian said. “After two difficult rounds, it seems we finally managed to put some issues behind (us). Melandri ended both of Friday’s sessions third fastest, posting a 1m35.151s which put the Italian just over two tenths down on the Kawasaki duo occupying the top two spots. While highlighting the first sector as an area where more time can be found on Saturday, Melandri is fully focused on improving his race set-up and reckons he stands a good chance of a decent result, providing the team can get the most from the bike. “Now we’ll try to make further improvements, particularly in the first sector of track.

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“Most racers don’t use a safety product unless it’s required,” Davies said. Despite all its safety improvements, even NASCAR doesn’t always spell out rules that seem to be common sense. NASCAR at Michigan: Results, 3 takeaways from Sunday ' s Cup series race .

“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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