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Davies stitched up after practice crash

Davies stitched up after practice crash

Davies stitched up after practice crash

Chaz Davies fought through the pain barrier to qualify nineteenth fastest in the first qualifying session for the 250cc Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal this afternoon. The British teenager had seven stitches inserted in his arm just moments before the session after a nasty crash at the end of the morning free practice, suffering a deep cut and a badly swollen hand.

It was tough luck for Davies, who had been on the pace from the start of the session and ended up with the eighth fastest time despite his crash. "It was a strange crash, just coming out of the last corner into the straight," explained Davies, who had been high on confidence after taking his best ever finish with eighth place at Brno two weeks ago.

"I saved the high-side and stood the bike up into the gravel, but unfortunately I couldn't stop it from running into the crash barriers and I caught my arm quite badly.

"It's a massive disappointment because I was going so well this morning and I felt confident of a another top ten finish after the result at Brno. The arm was painful this afternoon but hopefully the swelling will go down tonight and I'll be able to go for it again in the morning."


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