DAVIES BEATS PAIN BARRIER
A badly broken back just three weeks ago can’t stop Ducati star
Chaz Davies showed what he is made of at the weekend by fighting for race wins, despite suffering horrendous injuries just three weeks ago.
He had been laid up in an Italian hospital following a horrible crash with Jonathan Rea at Misano. The impact was so hard that it broke, Rea’s front wheel as he rode over Davies. But, despite the injuries which would leave a normal human out of action for months, Davies was not only back, but winning in Laguna Seca.
Speaking to MCN after his incredible and perfectly managed race one win, Davies said he did not expect to be winning.
“I honestly did not think I could win,” said Davies, slumped in a chair after winning a race held in track temperatures that touched 60°C. “It is one thing turning up fit and healthy, and being in the rhythm, but to turn up not 100%, you just never know how it is going to feel. On Friday it was clear from the first laps that I was not suffering on the bike, which is good. What takes its toll is three weeks of being sat down. I tried to pack in a few days exercise before the race weekend so I did not feel too bad. But once you get on the bike, it is a completely different load on the body. Stuff that I do day-to-day I just was not able to do, so to compete here and complete two 25-lap races, at the most physical track, in tough conditions, is amazing. I have got to be pretty happy with that. Saturday’s win was special. All wins are good but that was special.”
Davies, who has previously raced in the American superbike series, has a special affinity with Laguna. His team-mate Marco Melandri also has good form at Laguna, but was way off the pace in both races.
Davies said: “I am not sure why I go so well here really, but I do like the place. It is a great track to ride. You can love a lot of tracks but it does not mean you are going to go fast around them. It is a combination of getting the set-up right and just gelling with the track. I prefer tracks with a bit of character to them. Everybody does. We have also won at Lausitz, and Magny-cours, which are flat, so it is just set-up and getting it right on the day.”
Starting from ninth, due to the reverse grid for race two, Davies was unable to replicate his race one heroics. He said. “I had a bit of a strange thing go on after a few laps. I had a bit of a technical issue which I thought was Xavi Fores’ bike, but when I got ahead of him, realised it was mine. There was a lot of noise, so it was possibly something with the exhaust. Whether it changed anything, or not, I don’t know. I tried to get Tom but could not pull him in enough and was suffering a bit with the throttle control and the available side grip.”
Rea is catapulted into the air after riding over a stricken Davies at Misano Davies showed incredible grit to win on Saturday after his massive crash at Misano