Davies hopes to get some laps in after tough opening day in Spain

Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:26 GMT

Fast recovery the plan after big crash for British rider

Ending his opening day of testing with a big crash, Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati) was happy to be able to walk away relatively unscathed from a fast crash into turn one at Circuito de Jerez on Wednesday.

Present for three days in Southern Spain, the British rider has a strong history around the 4.4km circuit but he was hoping to get through more of their testing regime on the opening day. With a minor injury to his right knee sustained, and some pain felt he is hopeful he will feel ok to test on Thursday and improve on his lap time.

2017’s MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship runner up talks us through the crash: “I’m in a little bit of pain right now, I had an issue going into turn one and had to bail off the bike, I feel really lucky because it was a massive and fast crash, I’m banged up but nothing too serious so I’m really happy about that. I had a problem in braking and during the back shift and in the end I lost control of the bike, I realised the wall was coming really quickly and it was time to bail.”

Regarding day two of the test, Davies continues: “I’ll see how I feel in the morning to see if I can ride tomorrow, there are a couple of points which are hurting me, but I didn’t really feel like we could get going with the testing too much today but hopefully I’ll feel ok in the morning and we can put in some laps.”

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