Davies returns to winning ways in Race 2 at Jerez‏ Davies returns to winning ways in Race 2 at Jerez‏

Davies Returns to Winning Ways in Race 2 at Jerez‏

Written by  on Sunday, 20 September 2015 11:31

@WorldSBK • Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) went one better than in Race One to win the second race of the day at a very hot and sunny Jerez Circuit in Spain.

Unlike the opening encounter, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was unable to break away after taking the holeshot for the second time. Despite stretching his advantage in the early stages, the Race 1 winner was passed with ten laps to go by Davies, who went on to grab his ninth win of his career, the fifth of 2015 and the fourth in the last six races.

The race pace was slower this afternoon, as expected because of the increase in track temperature, with Davies pulling away in the second half of the race to win by 1.840s from Jordi Torres, who made amends for his race 1 and edged his Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils team mate Leon Haslam at the line.

Fresh from winning the 2015 Superbike World Championship title in race 1, Jonathan Rea took another fourth position aboard his Kawasaki ahead of Sykes, who seemed rider one who suffered the most in the hotter conditions.

The top 6 was completed by Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati) ahead of Michele Pirro (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team), who had another solid race to finish seventh.

8th to 10th positions were taken by Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World SBK Team), who had his 150th WorldSBK race start, and Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing).

Niccolò Canepa finished eleventh after starting on the front row aboard his Althea Racing Ducati with David Salom (Team Pedercini) in twelth place.

Michael van der Mark crashed his Pata Honda out of the podium fight with five laps to go. The Dutchman was however once again in contention until he lost the front at Turn 9. He rejoined to salvage  three points with 13th at the flag.

14th was Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia), with the final point taken by the youngest competitor Christophe Ponsson (Team Pedercini Kawasaki). Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) was given a ride through penalty after pulling into the pit lane after a lap, a disappointing end to his weekend after a strong showing in Race 1. By finishing 4th and 5th in Race 2, Rea and Sykes give Kawasaki its first Manufacturer Title.

The WorldSBK riders will return to the track tomorrow for a one-day official test at Jerez, which can be followed via Live Timing and through regular updates on WorldSBK.com.

WorldSBK Jerez - Race 2
1 - Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team
2 - Jordi Torres Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils +1.840
3 - Leon Haslam Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils +2.335

Standings (11 of 13 rounds completed)
1 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team 478*
2 - Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing - Ducati SuperbikeTeam 353 (-125)
3 - Tom SykesKawasaki Racing Team 331 (-147)
     *Already crowned the 2015 Champion


From: Press Office- WorldSBK

Wally Nesbitt

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