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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.”

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