WSBK » PICS: Davies launched by Guintoli’s bike at Imola

Chaz Davies taken out by Sylvain Guintoli's fallen Ducati in race one at Imola on Sunday.

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Md Zane

April 02, 2012 2:40 PM

Take the positives from the weekend Chaz, there was plenty of them.Nearly a second faster in most sessions,last free practice placed 7th,taken out from 10th(qualified 17) on lap 2 in race 1,Over shot race 2 but put down some credible times to fight back to 14th.

My gripe about the WSB coverage(eurosport but probably the same to all other outlets).
Why cant they after each lap on every lap display the times plus to the rider placed next up +0.00.In race 1 Whitham and Burnical hadn't noticed that Chaz had gone down until lap 12,after the opening laps Eurosport were displaying race position to 16 sometimes to 22 so I couldnt tell what is happening to my favoured riders running outside of the top 20.
Full time and full positions after each lap please.

Boo - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 3:07 PM

Md Zane, it can often help to watch a race with live timing up as it picks things up a lot quicker than the commentators do...

Having said that, the commentary this weekend, I have to say, was particularly poor. I really like Burnicle and Whitham, but they were really off the boil this weekend (even if their brief argument was fairly amusing)...

I mean, why not look at the timing screens for your answer about Davies, rather than just assume it was Hopkins that fell for the entire race and bemoan the organisers for getting it 'wrong'. Bikes can look familiar at speed and upside down, but it was pretty embarrassing to assume they were right for the entirety of the race and say it was Hopkins that crashed when they could clearly see him on the circuit.

They also got a lot of info/bikes/riders wrong in the WSS race, I noticed.

JimScott - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 3:44 PM

OMG was Whitham and Burnical the dumbest of all sounding off the whole race how Hopper had fallen off and tell us fans how could he possible be running in the points and for us not to believe his position he was running in and then saying how Chaz had not been classified.

Hopper 21
Davies 19

They both should join the BBC MotoGP nit wits.


April 02, 2012 3:57 PM


What a brilliant pic. Happy Chaz is ok though.


In South Africa we get the commentary with Steve Martin and Jonathan Davis. THEY are terrible. Constantly naming the wrong riders, getting all excited about a "pass" when the guy's still 2m behind the one in front of him etc. I mean, these guys do this FOR A LIVING!!! WHY CAN'T WE (WHO ACTUALLY KNOW ONE RIDER FROM ANOTHER) DO THAT!?!?! Way better than my real job.

MM - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 6:01 PM

Thanks to this stupid one bike rule, Davies barely made Race 2. How can anyone in their right mind think it's cheaper to have one bike and a spare rolling chassis, (or two), sat in the trailer instead of two complete bikes? They've also been talking about limiting the number of mechanics, which would only make the scramble to swap engines even more desperate. It's easy for even the best mechanics to make mistakes when under such time pressure, which could have serious consequences on the track.

chaz and sylvain can thank baby haslam for a peice of irresponsible rideing , about time he started acting more like his father a gentleman, he would never of pulled it up for that chicane , it was do or dye riding almost at the expense of two other riders and there health
grow up pocket rocket.

Dirley Shalley - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 9:33 PM

Due to the fact that I was unable to see the second race - I have just tuned in to E.Sport only to find that the last ten minutes at least were sound only and a black screen - how frustrating! The commentators were still giving the wrong names for the incident that cost Chaz a decent chance in Race 1. When your options are limited for viewing - you want the coverage to be right! Good luck Chaz for the next round - you have the potential.


April 03, 2012 8:43 AM

Oh well Chaz had bad luck a Philip Island and Imola in WSS last year (flat tyre and blown engine).

Some luck will come his way soon. Like others said, he was making good progress throughout the weekend, even with his bad wrist.

Chaz is my favourite rider but I'm not expecting miracles this year. New bike, new class and the team is new to the Superbike also (iirc). I'm sure once healed he'll be a regular top 10 finisher.

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