Hand and wrist injuries suffered in two big high-side crashes have ruled British rider Chaz Davies out of today’s 30-lap Valencia GP.
Davies has ligament damage and a small crack in the scaphoid bone of his right wrist after a big crash in yesterday’s qualifying session, and three broken fingers from a high-speed incident in Friday morning’s opening free practice.
He has just confirmed the wrist injury is too severe for him to ride in the season’s final race after missing this morning’s 20-minute warm-up session.
Spaniard Carlos Checa is planning to ride this afternoon even though he too missed the warm-up. The LCR Honda rider, preparing to make his final MotoGP appearance today before moving to World Superbikes, has been plagued by a severe stomach problem all weekend.
He was hospitalised overnight on Friday and returned to the track yesterday to qualify before returning to hospital for further blood tests on an intestine problem last night.
The 35-year-old hasn’t eaten for two days and is still in some pain, but plans to ride later on today. A team spokesman said: “Carlos is drained. He is very weak and has no energy after not eating for two days but this is his last race and he plans to ride. It is in front of his home fans so he will give it everything. He didn’t ride this morning to save himself for the race.”