WSB: Davies breaks collarbone again

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Chaz Davies has suffered another setback after re-breaking his right collarbone in a supermoto accident at MotorLand Aragon on Thursday.

The Aruba Ducati World Superbike team has confirmed that the Welsh rider will soon undergo a CT scan to check whether another operation will be necessary.

“It’s a very tiny crack and he should be okay to race in Portugal,” a team spokesperson tells MCN. “In any case, we are hopeful about the chances of Chaz taking part in the upcoming round at Portimao.”

The Thursday accident sums up Davies’ very tough 12 months. A heavy crash at Jerez in November’s winter testing seriously hampered preparations for the season, while in mid-July he had already broken his right collarbone while training and thus underwent surgery in Barcelona in which a plate and eight screws were added; this led to him missing the Race of Champions at World Ducati Week but last week he successfully tested the superbike for two days in Portugal.

Davies has recently signed with Aruba Ducati for two more seasons, racing on into 2019 and 2020 as another era begins with the new V4 Panigale.

Two weeks remain before the season resumes at Portimao. Following a pair of wins in Thailand and Aragon, Davies lies second overall to Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea.

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Greg Haines

By Greg Haines

Superbike reporter and Eurosport commentator