Chaz Davies bit back once more to take his second victory of the weekend, from Jonathan Rea and Marco Melandri.
In a race that well and truly stuck to the pre-written script, Davies stormed through from the third row of the grid and was leading by lap eleven, closely followed by Rea who wasn’t prepared to let the Ducati get away.
Tom Sykes finished fourth, which was major damage limitation as he was caught up in a five-way battle. He came out on top, ahead of Alex Lowes and Leon Camier.
In fact, Camier had a stellar weekend, one that absolutely screamed “give me a better ride!” Although the MV Agusta package is a good one, Camier’s season has been riddled with breakdowns. But this weekend at the Lausitzring, he came back with a bang. He finished fifth and sixth respectively, not bad considering he is the only rider in his team and is developing the bike on his own. He’s constantly showing why he is deserving of a factory ride, but as we are all aware, there aren’t any available.
The KRT’s are signed until the end of next season and Marco Melandri was recently confirmed on the Ducati seat next year. Although nothing has been mentioned, it looks set that Davies will also stay with the Aruba.it team. And with no other competitive rides available, MV is probably the best that Camier can do for the upcoming season.
Lorenzo Savadori also gave a stand out performance in Germany. Finishing seventh in both races, it’s a far cry from how the Milwaukee Aprilia team were performing when the season began. While Savadori looks to be getting to grips with the bike and the team, Eugene Laverty seems to have gone the other way. While his races started well this weekend, he only managed a tenth place in race one. Both riders have serious talent, but as we begin to think of the end of the season it is still unclear where they will line up next year.
Would it be a motorcycle race if there weren’t tyre issues? This week was no different, as yesterday the rear wheel of Michael van der Mark’s Yamaha was completely flat. It’s uncertain whether he had similar issues in race two, but he did drop down the positions, and ended the race in eleventh.
The World Superbike grid next heads to Portgual on the 15th-17th September, where Jonathan Rea will be looking to secure two race wins to edge closer to that third consecutive Championship.
World Superbike Race 2 results:
- Chaz Davies, Aruba.it Ducati – 34:05.220
- Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team +2.290
- Marco Melandri, Aruba.it Ducati +4.388
- Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team +14.167
- Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team +15.786
- Leon Camier, MV Agusta Reparto Corse +16.023
- Lorenzo Savadori, Milwaukee Aprilia +16.138
- Jordi Torres, Althea BMW Racing Team +16.900
- Markus Reiterberger, Van Zon Rehema BMW +20.355
- Xavi Fores, BARNI Racing Team +24.066
- Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team +24.885
- Leandro Mercado, IODARacing +35.566
- Stefan Bradl, Red Bull Honda WSBK Team +36.772
- Roman Ramos, Team Kawasaki Go Eleven +38.508
- Raffaele De Rosa, Althea BMW Racing Team +39.613
- Ondrej Jezek, Grillini Racing Team +1:00.744
- Davide Guigliano, Red Bull Honda WSBK Team +1:01.401
- Aytron Badovini, Grillini Racing Team +1:01.531
- Massimo Roccoli, Guandalini Racing +1:27.642