A broken fuel pump on the final lap of the World Supersport race at Imola has been revealed as the reason for denying Chaz Davies and the BE1 Triumph team a first series win at Imola.
Davies was running in third position heading into the last lap aboard the Daytona 675, but would be forced to pull off the circuit just corners from the chequered flag when his bike his problems.
The mechanical fault would prove more costly than a mere podium finish as Davies stood to benefit from the final corner collision between Kenan Sofuoglu and Eugene Laverty. Instead, Michele Pirro – who started the lap behind Davies – would inherit the victory.
Despite his cruel luck, Davies is taking the scant positives away from his performance, which would have also put him on the verge of overhauling the absent Joan Lascorz for third in the standings.
“It was a disaster,” the Welshman, who recently re-signed for the 2011 season, said. “Shortly after what had happened to Laverty and Sofuoglu, my bike just stopped.
“After returning to the pit box, I found out that the fuel pump was broken . I went from ecstasy to agony just like that. The only thing I can somewhat be satisfied about is being so close to winning the race and proving yet again that I am capable of battling for the top.”