Chaz Davies was left to count the cost of a double DNF at his Aruba.it Ducati team's home race at Imola as he slipped to fourth place in the World Superbike championship.

A day after seeing his returning team-mate Davide Giugliano take pole position at the first time of asking in 2015, Davies was forced out of both races while sitting in third place.

The Welshman had just picked off Jonathan Rea for the final podium spot in race one. Yet as he set about closing in on leaders Giugliano and Tom Sykes a technical problem forced him off track at the Rivazza corner.

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"A disastrous day for us obviously," said Davies. "We were in a position to be able to complete two good races here today and instead we go home with nothing. In race 1 a technical problem stopped me and so I hoped to be able to make up for that in race two."

Indeed after an early moment through the Variante Alta chicane, Davies recovered to sit third ahead of Giugliano. Unable to challenge the runaway Kawasakis of Rea and Sykes, a comfortable podium finish was on the cards until an oil leak forced him out again.

"Once the second race got underway, I knew something was wrong almost right away. I was using the second bike and had to press a couple of buttons to change the setting and after that the bike seemed a bit smoother.

"But then I started to have other issues, my foot came off the footpeg and I realised there was a little oil leaking, so I tried to be careful and hoped it wouldn't get worse but it wasn't possible to finish the race. A day to forget..."

The two non-scores see Davies drop a place in the championship to fourth, a place behind Sykes. He now sits 117 points behind runaway leader Rea.