Red Celebration in Germany
Ducati rider Chaz Davies stamps his supremacy in Germany
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race weekend at the Lausitzring, Germany, where Chaz Davies of Aruba.it Ducati took a double victory after dominating both the races.
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.
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