Davies goes down in front of Rea pic: World Superbikes
Chaz Davies has been diagnosed with a broken vertebra after being run over during the first race of the World Superbikes Championship round in Misano.
Davies had been leading the race into the final lap when he crashed with three corners remaining.
With championship rival Jonathan Rea running close behind, the factory Kawasaki rider had no time to avoid Davies and ran over the back of the factory Ducati rider.
While Davies initially attempted to resume the race, he was taken away by stretcher and subsequently transferred to nearby Rimini Hospital.
The Welshman was diagnosed with a fracture of the transverse process (small bony projection) of his L3 (third lumbar) vertebra, as well as closed thoracic trauma (chest injury) and contusion (bruising) of his left thumb.
The incident gave the win to Rea’s team-mate Tom Sykes, who was...