Chaz Davies has said he feels ‘extremely lucky’ to be heading home without serious injury after his serious crash in Misano this weekend.
The Welshman fell while scrapping with rival Jonathan Rea for the lead in the closing stages of Saturday’s first race, and with the duo so close on track Rea was left with nowhere to go and ran Davies over.
Crashing after the impact, Rea re-mounted his machine having seen Davies running towards his stricken Ducati, and managed to finish third.
After trying to pick his bike up, Davies’ realised he was too injured to continue and turned to trackside medics. He was taken to hospital for further examination where it was confirmed he had sustained a fracture of the transverse process of L3 (third lumbar vertebrae). Fortunately, there was no neurological damage and the Welshman should be able to recover with a few weeks’ rest.
“It was without a doubt one of the most innocent crashes yet gnarly outcomes I’ve ever been involved in,” Davies said. “I certainly felt the 235kg of bike and rider launch off my back and feel extremely lucky to be heading home 48 hours later without more serious injuries.
“Adrenalin and heart tells you to get back on the bike but after a few steps and a go at picking it up I realised I couldn’t breathe. I was seeing stars and my torso felt like it had been steam-rolled. Johnny couldn’t have done anything different, apart from perhaps rolling off a tad and giving me a second or two lead! On a serious note, I want to thank him for looking out for me.”
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