WSB: Davies injured in race one crash

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Chaz Davies has been taken to hospital following the nasty crash in the late stages of today’s opening World Superbike race at Misano.

The Welshman was leading an intense battle for the lead with rival Jonathan Rea when he tucked the front leaving Rea nowhere to go but to run him over.

While Davies initially got up to run to his bike, he was visibly in pain and was tended to by trackside medics.


He was taken to hospital in Rimini with thorax trauma and some difficulties breathing. A CAT scan has since revealed he sustained a fracture of the transverse process of L3 (third lumbar vertebrae). He also suffered a contusion of the left thumb. He suffered no neurological damage and should be able to recover with a few weeks’ rest. 

Rea was able to remount following the incident and finished third, but stopped on the cool down lap to see whether Davies was OK. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing