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Fores’ EWC Bol d’Or-ending crash explained

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Fores’ EWC Bol d’Or-ending crash explainedFores’ EWC Bol d’Or-ending crash explained

20 September 2023

The crash that put the early pacesetting ERC Endurance Ducati team out of the Bol d’Or in the first hour has been put down to a damp patch of Tarmac, which Xavi Forés touched while going off line to lap a rider further down the order.

Forés had recently taken over from team-mate Chaz Davies after the Briton led during the early stages on a damp but increasingly drying Circuit Paul Ricard, host venue of the 2023 FIM Endurance World Championship finale.

However, the Spaniard only managed three laps aboard the Ducati Panigale V4R when he was forced to take an alternative line into the final corner. Hitting a damp patch, Forés lost control and injured a foot and knee as he fell, while the #6 suffered frame damage, which meant the end of the EWC title decider for the German team after 50 minutes of racing.

“After some checks in the hospital back home in Spain I have to say I was lucky to walk away from this big crash with no big injuries,” said the 38-year-old. “I have a strong contusion on my feet and some ligament damage in my right knee. I try to recover as fast as I can because I will be leaving for New Jersey in the USA for the final round of the MotoAmerica championship. Let’s see if I can ride there this weekend and if I feel safe enough to push. All I have left to say is a big sorry to ERC Endurance Ducati and my team-mates for this unfortunately unavoidable crash at the Bol d’Or.”

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