LAST-LAP DASH ENDS IN CRASH
In what was a brilliant opening race, Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea were intent on making it a classic right up until a sickening crash with just two corners to go.
Davies lost the front of his factory Ducati and with Rea right behind him, the Kawasaki man had nowhere to go and ran straight over his Ducati rival. Such was the impact that it bent the front wheel of Rea’s ZX-10RR.
In the immediate aftermath of the crash Davies initially waved his hand as an apology, before picking himself up and getting off track, while Rea incredibly remounted to secure third place on the podium.
Davies was later diagnosed with fracture of the ‘wing’ of bone that protrudes from the L3 vertebra in the lumber region of his back. He then returned to the track on Sunday to watch race two.
Davies said: “I was just finishing the corner when I crashed. I am having to be so careful all the time with the front tyre. It was in the middle of the corner. I feel we have one tyre we can race with and it is still not really good enough.
“In terms of the injury, part of my vertebra is separated off. I think I need 10 days rest so I am pretty confident to be OK for Laguna. I am going to see a specialist tomorrow.”
Rea himself was left traumatised by running over his rival – even though there was nothing he could have done to avoid it.
He said: “I am super-sorry that I hit him but I had nowhere to go. I went to see him after and he said that generally he felt fine but he had a sore back. I hope it is not too serious. It was like dodging bullets.”