Chaz Davies triggered a late red flag at the Jerez test after tipping off at turn one for Racing Ducati and suffered a right knee contusion.

The 2017 World Superbike championship runner-up enjoyed a productive day notching up 64 laps during his team’s opening day of testing action at Jerez with a best lap of 1m 40.630s, primarily focusing on getting the Panigale R up to speed with the new rev limit rules for 2018.

Davies suffered a fall at turn one inside the final hour of track action which brought out the red flags with his Ducati breaking an air fence. The Welsh rider was helped away from the fall with a right knee injury which isn’t feared to be serious but Davies will undergo medical checks tomorrow morning to see if he can continue with the test on Thursday.

The Racing Ducati squad will undergo an analysis to understand the cause of the fall at the first turn before resuming testing tomorrow.

Davies was on testing duties alongside team-mate Marco Melandri and European Superstock 1000 champion Michael Rinaldi who was handed the test opportunity as part of his title success. The fellow World Superbike factory Kawasaki, Yamaha and Honda teams were also in action at Jerez plus Xavi Fores for Barni Ducati.



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