Chaz Davies has suffered a fiery end to his Friday free practice at Donington Park after his Aruba.it Racing Ducati bike burst into flames midway through FP2.

The Welsh rider, who has claimed four wins this season on the Ducati Panigale R, sprung a huge mechanical fault 20 minutes into the afternoon practice session and his attention was quickly drawn to the issue when flames shot out of the rear fairing.

Looking to safely salvage the bike Davies stopped on the grass beside the track but was forced to quickly abandon his Panigale when it burst into flames. Marshals took control of the situation with fire extinguishers but the factory Ducati squad has been left with a hefty rebuild job.

Davies was unable to improve on his best FP1 time, a 1m 28.871s, with the rest of the World Superbike field battling on to make it into the top ten to secure an automatic berth into Superpole two.

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