Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you. That was the case for Chaz Davies at Donington Park today, as the Ducati rider found his Panigale R race bike going up in flames during FP2.
An unknown mechanical issue forced Davies to pull off the track, and not long after getting his bike to a stop did flames started erupting out of his Ducati Panigale R.
The bike was a total loss, and the whole ordeal cost Davies a valuable time during the practice session, but at least Davies didn’t have to abandon ship at full-speed – like Colin Edwards did on the Aprilia RS Cube.
Colin Edwards is the subject of perhaps the more prolific photo from MotoGP, where his Aprilia MotoGP bike caught fire while testing at Sachsenring. The whole ordeal happened at 120 mph, and was due to a gas cap coming off the fuel tank.
As you can see in the video below, Chaz Davies didn’t have quite that adventure, and thankfully he suffered no injuries from the potentially dangerous situation. Look for him to take to the hot seat again tomorrow, in World Superbike’s qualifying sessions and first race, at Donington Park.
Source: World Superbike (Facebook)