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Chaz Davies suffers ‘two broken ribs’ in Barcelona WorldSBK crash

Chaz Davies is diagnosed with two broken ribs following a tangle with Lucas Mahias during the WorldSBK Superpole Race in Barcelona 

Chaz Davies - Go Eleven Ducati


Team Go Eleven has confirmed Chaz Davies has suffered two broken ribs following an accident during this weekend’s WorldSBK round in Barcelona at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. 

The Welshman was involved in an accident on lap three of Sunday morning’s Superpole Race at Turn 11 after tangling with Puccetti Kawasaki rider Lucas Mahias, an incident for which the Frenchman was blamed and punished with a last place grid position for Race 2.

Though the incident was not captured by the live television feed, the aftermath showed Davies in apparent discomfort as the race was red flagged before being stretchered off circuit and taken to the medical centre.

Originally diagnosed with a lumbar contusion, a trip to hospital for reassessment revealed he had in fact broken two of his ribs, according to a statement from the Italian team.

“Further medical scans showed two broken ribs in the back of the body. Chaz will stay at the Barcelona Hospital for the night. We will keep you updated as soon as possible.”

This latest incident is another blow to Davies in what has already been an injury riddled season , the 32-time WorldSBK race winner having contended with an ongoing shoulder complaint following an accident at Misano.

Indeed, it has been a tough campaign for Davies, who was controversially dropped from the factory Ducati line-up in favour of Michael Ruben Rinaldi, prompting the 34-year old to go the other way and join the satellite Go Eleven squad.

However, his form has dipped since that Misano crash, with a single podium to his name coming just before that during Round 2 in Estoril.

Davies was one of three British riders needing hospital treatment after separate crashes during the Barcelona WorldSBK round. Alex Lowes suffered a wrist injury after coming off at the first turn on the opening lap of Race 2, before Tom Sykes came down heavily at the same corner a lap later and was reportedly struck by the close-following Mahias.

Despite unconfirmed reports that he was knocked unconscious initially, early indications suggest he has escaped major injury but suffered concussion.

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