Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea and Ducati’s Chaz Davies have an animated conversation in Thailand and Spain
The 2018 WSBK SeaSon is already witnessing a tussle between Kawasaki and Ducati with both their riders finishing on the podium in Thailand and aragon.
The first race saw reigning champion Jonathan Rea fight it out with Tom Sykes, Xavi Fores, Chaz Davies, Leon Camier, and alex Lowes, all of whom were running quite close while chasing P1. The race started with Tom Sykes taking an early lead, followed by the rest of the front-runners. In the opening stages of the race, both the Kawasaki riders kept trading places. On lap three, Rea finally overtook Sykes and slipped into the lead. The defending champion then continued to pull away from the chasing pack for a comfortable lead that saw him win the race by over 1.5 seconds.
Sykes also fell victim to a brilliant overtaking move by Red Bull honda’s Leon Camier, who slipped into P2 on lap three and stayed there for 10 laps. as the race progressed, Xavi Fores of Barni Ducati had inched closer to Camier and, finally, on lap 13, he overtook the honda rider to eventually finish second.
The concluding stages of the race witnessed an intense duel between
Davies and Camier. With just two laps to go, Davies made his move and held on to it, taking the final podium place. Rea’s victory in Thailand marks his sixth win.
The second race proved even more exciting because all the action was witnessed during the first six laps. It started with Michael van der Mark of Pata Yamaha taking an early lead, followed by his team-mate, alex Lowes, and Marco Melandri in second and third respectively. however, as the action intensified, both the Yamaha riders kept switching places and, owing to this duel, Davies and Rea had caught up with the Yamahas. It was Ducati’s Davies who made a bold move and overtook Melandri and Lowes by the sixth lap to move up to P2. Davies continued his blistering pace and by lap eight he had taken the lead from Michael van der Mark. after this, the Welsh rider defended his lead quite well, eventually winning the race. ARAGON
Race One as the 2018 WSBK season reached Spain for the first European round, the battle between the Ducati and Kawasaki riders intensified with Jonathan Rea locking horns with three Ducati riders during the first race at aragon. The initial race was redflagged following a nasty low-side crash that saw Leon Camier being rushed to the medical centre. Reports suggest that Camier is responding well to medical treatment. This incident forced race direction to restart the race.
Soon after the restart, Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea slipped into the lead, followed by alex Lowes of Pata Yamaha in second. The two continued to be behind each other for two laps before Lowes slipped into the lead on lap three. however, the defending champion reclaimed the lead on the following lap. The race continued with no drama barring an interesting duel between the aruba.it Ducati team-mates and the Barni Racing Ducati rider, Xavi Forés. Rea experienced momentary anguish when Xavi slipped into the lead from P2 on lap nine. however, the former regained the lead on lap 12 and went on to win the race. On the final lap, Davies managed to slip past Fores to take P2, relegating Forés to the final step on the podium.
The second race was another exciting one thanks to aruba.it Ducati’s Chaz Davies who rose like a phoenix to take the win. The race started with Pata Yamaha’s Michael van der Mark taking the lead just to lose it to Ducati’s Melandri on lap two. a few laps later, Xavi Forés took the lead and led for three laps before crashing out on lap seven, handing the lead to Jonathan Rea who was running in the top three. By lap eight, Davies had moved up four places and was now running third behind Rea and Melandri. on lap 12, Davies zipped past his team-mate to challenge Rea for the lead and, on lap 14, the Welsh rider overtook Rea and blocked him to retain the lead.
Davies did not look back after this bold move and was the first to cross the chequered flag with a margin of 1.1 seconds. Rea had to be content with a second-place finish that helped him maintain his lead in the championship. Melandri was the final rider to complete the podium, earning valuable points for Ducati’s constructors’ title hopes in the process.
Aruba. it Ducati’s Chaz Davies celebrating a well-deserved win in Aragon