Chaz Davies sealed his first victory of the season as his major rivals struggled to make the grade.
Both Jonathan Rea and Marco Melandri battled with their bikes, with the reigning world champion finding it difficult to keep his Kawasaki on the line, while Melandri had a Panigale underneath him that just didn’t want to play ball.
The Pata Yamaha team had an exceptional race two with both of their riders finishing on the podium. Michael van der Mark led the early portion of the race, coming under fire from his team mate Alex Lowes and then towards the end of the race, Chaz Davies. Davies pushed his way in front and the Dutchman did manage to stay with him for a few laps, but eventually dropped back.
But while Yamaha were enjoying success, Kawasaki were having none of it. It wasn’t just Rea who struggled, his team mate Ton Sykes also dropped right off the pace incredibly early on and around twenty minutes into the race, retired altogether. It wasn’t clear why at first, but we are hearing that there were issues with the front suspension, although the full details haven’t yet been given.
Jordi Torres was having a good run this weekend on the MV Agusta, His tenth place finish yesterday showed that maybe the MV wasn’t that bad of a bike after all after its issues last year, but unfortunately his race came to a premature end. With sixteen laps to go he and Eugene Laverty both went down at turn six in what we can only assume was a collision. Both were taken to the medical centre, where Torres was declared fit and Laverty was transferred to hospital with a lower back/pelvis injury.
World Superbike returns in three weeks’ time, where the grid head to Aragon for the first European round of the season.
World Superbike race two top ten:
1. Chaz Davies – Aruba.it Racing Ducati – 31.23.406
2. Michael van der Mark – Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team +2.185
3. Alex Lowes – Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team +3.884
4. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki Racing Team +6.554
5. Xavi Fores – Barni Racing Team +8.973
6. Leon Camier – Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team +10.647
7. Marco Melandri – Aruba.it Racing Ducati +17.523
8. Toprak Razgatlioglu – Kawasaki Puccetti Racing +21.618
9. Lorenzo Savadori – Milwaukee Aprilia +25.345
10. PJ Jacobson – TripleM Honda World Superbike Team +27.076