Davies Doubles Up With Race Two Victory


Chaz Davies completed his first World Superbike double since Aragon 2013 after another lights-to-flag victory in race two at Laguna Seca. The Welshman led every single lap for the second race in succession, leaving the Kawasakis of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea to dispute second place once again, with Sykes prevailing just as he had earlier on.

Once Davies had grabbed the holeshot off the start line, his victory was never in any serious doubt with some brief early drizzle working in his favour. With the likes of Sykes and Rea taking a more cautious approach when drops started to fall, Davies’ lead was soon in excess of three seconds and the Kawasakis never threatened him from there.

The early uncertainty did create some drama with Davide Giugliano tumbling out of fifth place on lap three, losing control of his Aruba.it Ducati at turn six. Moments later, Alex Lowes also hit problems with a front puncture but his decision to peel off into the pits caught out Sylvain Guintoli on the outside of him and wiped the Frenchman out.

With Davies in a class of his own, the Kawasaki teammates renewed their battle from race one and Rea, keen to reverse the earlier order, dived past Sykes at the Corkscrew on lap six. Tom held on around the outside through the next sequence of bends and with Rea becoming increasingly ragged, the Yorkshireman secured second place by half a second.

The Aprilia duo enjoyed their own entertaining tussle over fourth position with Jordi Torres getting the better of Leon Haslam three laps from home. Ayrton Badovini was sixth for BMW with the sole remaining PATA Honda of Michael van der Mark finishing a lonely seventh. Niccolo Canepa and Leandro Mercado took their Ducatis to eighth and ninth respectively while Leon Camier broke into the top ten again for MV Agusta.