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Davies Clinches Back-to-Back Supersport Victories

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Chaz Davies won his second race in a row to move level with teammate Luca Scassa at the top of the World Supersport Championship standings.

The Yamaha ParkinGO duo led the way from start to finish, with Davies eventually leading home Scassa by 4.734s.

Behind them, Fabien Foret took third for Hannspree Ten Kate Honda after a strong ride back through the field after losing ground at the start. The Frenchman pointed the finger at Roberto Tamburini for forcing him wide at the first chicane.

“I really lost everything in the first chicane where Tamburini went a bit mad. I got pushed off the track a little bit and that was it. I could see Chaz (Davies) was already far away and by the time I passed Broc (Parkes) and Florian (Marino) and the other guys it was just too late. I tried to push to catch Scassa but it was pretty difficult on my own without the slipstream.”

Broc Parkes continued his consistent campaign for Kawasaki, edging a thrilling battle for fourth with Sam Lowes, Roberto Tamburini and Florian Marino. The Australian admitted he didn't have the pace to challenge for a podium finish but was still pleased to come away with 13 points.

“Two guys came past me and then I ended went fourth, I could see that this probably going to be my battle so I tried to stay there”, he explained. “Every time I tried to break the guys behind they could slipstream me so I sat on the back until I felt I could go and then I tried in the last three or four laps and I broke them to get fourth place. I think that was the best I could do today in the circumstances.”

French teenager Marino pulled the short straw in the battle and ended up in seventh but conceded he had nothing left in the closing stages.

“I am really disappointed because I would have preferred to fight with Parkes to the end of the race. The top three guys looked pretty fast but it's frustrating because, compared to yesterday's qualifying and the warm-up this morning, the feeling was not so good today. In the race I had some problems to go fast – I could not get the rhythm I wanted and did not feel like I could push the tyre. I had to fight the bike to turn and nearly high-sided two or three times at the beginning. In the final three laps I was exhausted”.

Completing the top ten were David Salom, Massimo Roccoli and Robin Harms. Eighth place was especially impressive for Salom who was unable to use his best race spec Kawasaki engine after problems earlier in the weekend.

“It was a difficult race and a difficult weekend for me. I had some issues with engines in practice and I was not sure how it would go in the race. The engine we had to use was not our fastest one and at this fast track, at Monza, I think eighth position is good in these circumstances.”

With the World Supersport Championship not making the trip stateside to Salt Lake City, the series now takes a five week break before returning at the Misano circuit for the San Marino round of the championship.

Chaz Davies will go there level with teammate Luca Scassa on 70 points, 10 ahead of Broc Parkes with Robbin Harms fourth with 43 points, one ahead of David Salom.

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