Chaz Davies suffered two broken ribs in the crash that excluded him from the final Barcelona World Superbike race on Sunday, his Go Eleven Ducati team confirmed.
Davies was eliminated in an incident with Puccetti Kawasaki rider Lucas Mahias in the third lap of Sunday morning’s Superpole race at turn 11-12, which resulted in a red flag.
Initially, it was reported Davies suffered a “lumbar contusion” in the crash, preventing him from lining up on the grid for the second long distance race of the weekend afternoon.
But, according to a statement released by the Go Eleven to a Bike team, further examinations at Hospital de Catalunya revealed that the Welshman had in fact suffered two broken ribs. He was kept under observation overnight.
With the next round of the season at Jerez just a few days away, that casts doubt on Davies’ ability to compete.
Go Eleven boss Denis Sacchetti commented: “Let’s see how [Davies] done this week and we’ll assess what to do for the next round. “
Davies was not the only rider taken to hospital after a deadly pair of races on Sunday, as Kawasaki rider Alex Lowes and BMW man Tom Sykes also suffered injuries from crashes.
Alex Lowes treats his wrist after being picked up by Lachlan Epis
Lowes got caught in a scrum in the first round of Sunday’s main event at Turn 1 after making contact with Leon Haslam’s Honda, with Pedercini Kawasaki rookie Lachlan Epis also involved.
The result was that Lowes had to be taken to the medical center due to pain in his right wrist, causing him to miss the restart that followed another crash at Turn 1, this time between Sykes and Mahias.
A statement from Kawasaki clarified that Lowes would have the injury checked at the hospital, without giving further details.
Sykes had to be taken to the medical center with a concussion following his encounter with Mahias, which came in the second round and was severe enough to bring out the red flags.
Tom Sykes taken by ambulance after collision with Lucas Mahias
BMW’s statement offered no further details on Sykes’ condition, although German marque motorsport director Marc Bongers said the team hoped “he would come out relatively unscathed” .
Like Davies, Lowes and Sykes now face a race against time to be fit for the start of practice in Jerez on Friday.