Ducati have closed down the championship fight as Chaz Davies took victory in Aragon, from Jonathan Rea and Marco Melandri.
It was Xavi Fores on his independently run Panigale R who led the way for a large portion of the race, but just as it looked as if he may be on to his first World Superbike win, he crashed out at turn 16, bringing his race to an unfortunate end.
Davies fought to the front to take the lead from Rea by lap 14, but Rea kept the pressure on to stay on Davies’ back wheel. As Rea attempted to make a move on the last lap, he ran it wide, scuppering his chances of a victory and allowing Davies to sail across the line unchallenged.
Davies’ win brings Rea’s championship lead down to just 12 points.
Some notable performances from today’s race include the two Yamahas of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes. Van der Mark took the early lead but dropped back into the clutches of his team mate. The pair battled throughout with Lowes coming out on top in fourth ahead of his team mate.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi also impressed again with a strong seventh place finish. He was fighting within the top four in the mid-way stages but considering his lack of experience on the World Superbike grid, any finish within the top ten is incredibly impressive.
Now for something that wasn’t impressive; Tom Sykes’ performance.
We all know that Sykes is capable of winning, so why wasn’t he fighting up the sharp end at any point during that race?
At one point he was running in ninth, but managed to claw back some positions to finish sixth. Still, not exactly the performance we were expecting from a former Champion.
It seems as though the recently introduced rpm limit has affected Kawasaki more than Ducati.
Introduced to even the field, it has made things slightly more exciting to watch and it has also brought the grid closer together. But while Ducati are proving that they can keep up with the front running Kawasaki of Rea, it’s his team mate who appears to be suffering.
World Superbike Race 2:
- Chaz Davies – Aruba.it Racing Ducati – 33:29.519
- Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki Racing Team +1.184
- Marco Melandri – Aruba.it Racing Ducati +4.584
- Alex Lowes – Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team +10.251
- Michael van der Mark – Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team +10.687
- Tom Sykes – Kawasaki Racing Team +13.729
- Michael Ruben Rinaldi – Aruba.it Racing Junior Team +14.819
- Jordi Torres – MV Agusta Reparto Corse +15.215
- Toprak Razgatlioglu – Kawasaki Puccetti Racing +19.812
- Lorenzo Savadori – Milwaukee Aprilia +20.272