Red Cel­e­bra­tion in Ger­many

Du­cati rider Chaz Davies stamps his supremacy in Ger­many

Bike India - - SPORT - STORY: RAVI CHANDNANI PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: DU­CATI

It WaS aN UN­eVeNt­fUL

race week­end at the Lausitzring, Ger­many, where Chaz Davies of Aruba.it Du­cati took a dou­ble vic­tory af­ter dom­i­nat­ing both the races.

RACE ONE

The grid looked set for the ninth round of the World Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship with Marco Me­landri of Aruba.it Du­cati on pole, fol­lowed by Leon Camier of MV Agusta, and Alex Lowes of Yamaha com­plet­ing the first row. How­ever, the cham­pi­onship con­tenders like Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes of Kawasaki and Chaz Davies were start­ing from the third row. That, how­ever, did not stop the three to rocket their way to the front af­ter the lights went out. Sykes made his move at the be­gin­ning as he slipped into the lead on lap one, fol­lowed by Davies and Rea in sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

On lap two, Davies passed Sykes on Turn 10 to take the lead and on the fol­low­ing lap Rea, too, over­took Sykes at Turn One. For the first half of race one, Davies, Rea, and Sykes had sim­i­lar lap tim­ings as the three kept fight­ing for the lead. How­ever, Davies started pulling away from the Kawasaki duo in the sec­ond half of the race, even­tu­ally claim­ing vic­tory with a mar­gin of 1.83 sec­onds. Rea and Sykes fin­ished sec­ond and third re­spec­tively, with Marco Me­landri and Leon Camier com­plet­ing the top five.

RACE TWO

The sec­ond event of the week­end saw some ac­tion when, for the first half, it seemed like Rea would be tak­ing the win, in the process deny­ing Davies his ninth WSBK ca­reer dou­ble­vic­tory. As the lights went out, Rea, Me­landri and Davies all rock­eted to the front of the grid with Me­landri lead­ing for the first three laps be­fore Rea over­took the Ital­ian to take the lead. On lap eight, Davies made his move on Me­landri and moved up a place into sec­ond. How­ever, at half race dis­tance, Davies made quite an ag­gres­sive move on Rea and passed the cham­pi­onship leader to take the lead. Once in lead, Davies quickly upped his pace and started pulling away from Kawasaki’s Rea to take yet another dou­ble vic­tory. Rea fin­ished sec­ond, ex­tend­ing his lead to 70 points. Me­landri com­pleted the podium with a well-de­served third place.

The two Du­catis per­formed very well in Race Two

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