Chaz Davies stormed to victory in race two in Magny Cours from the two Yamaha’s of Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark.
The two factory Kawasaki’s suffered ill fate, with Tom Sykes struggling to keep the pace and newly crowned World Champion Jonathan Rea being forced to retire after clipping Eugene Laverty’s crashed Aprilia and breaking his rear brake.
It looked like we were in for a potential flag to flag race as rain was first reported in sector four and then all round the track. Rain is usually a good leveller and makes for exciting racing, but unfortunately we weren’t treated to anything spectacular as the drops of rain stopped.
There was a bit of a scuffle for fifth place between Marco Melandri and Leandro Mercado, with the Italian being the victorious of the two. But it was pure heartache for Leon Camier, who had lined up in pole position ahead of race two. After finishing race one in fourth, he appeared to be carrying confidence as he worked his way into third, but technical issues forced him to retire for the sixth time this season. All we can do is hope and pray that the Honda rumours are true, and Camier will compete next season on a reliable machine.
In fact, the Honda is starting to show improvements in the capable hands of Davide Guigliano and Jake Gagne. Yesterday, the Italian achieved an eighth place finish in the wet and today in mostly dry conditions, the pair finished in eleventh and twelfth respectively. Although it is too late for the Honda to achieve anything dramatic, they’re showing that with a little more test time and a bit more work, it could well be a front runner in the championship next year.
The World Superbike grid next heads to Jerez for the penultimate round of the championship, and even though both the riders championship and the manufacturers championship have been wrapped up, second is still up for grabs.
World Superbike race two:
- Chaz Davies, Aruba.it Racing Ducati – 34:49.679
- Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK +3.006
- Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK +4.556
- Xavi Fores, BARNI Racing Team +11.072
- Marco Melandri, Aruba.it Racing Ducati +16.381
- Leandro Mercado, IODARacing +17.684
- Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team +22.717
- Jordi Torres, Althea BMW Racing Team +23.920
- Roman Ramos, Team Kawasaki Go Eleven +25.431
- Raffaele De Rosa, Althea BMW Racing Team +35.227