SBK Aragon Race Two: Davies Completes Dominant Double

by Louis Suddaby

Chaz Davies completed his first double victory in World Superbikes after another commanding performance in the second race at Aragon. The Welshman has leapt up to second in the championship standings as a result, 22 points behind Sylvain Guintoli who kept up his record of finishing in the top two of every race so far.

After the disastrous end to his opening race, Eugene Laverty was desperate to make up lost ground in the championship and stormed into the lead at turn one but astonishingly, the Irishman would crash out at the very next corner to end a promising weekend with no points whatsoever. Tom Sykes subsequently regained the lead that he’d held as they left the grid but he would also come unstuck, sliding wide on the second lap. Thankfully for Kawasaki, the Yorkshireman stayed upright but Davies was long gone in the lead of the race.

As in race one, Guintoli simply had no answer for the pace of Davies and trailed by a full five seconds by the finish while Sykes fought back to third before becoming embroiled in a battle with Davide Giugliano. The Althea Aprilia rider would shadow Sykes for much of the race but the Yorkshireman just had enough to claim his first podium of the year, five seconds clear of Giugliano who lost ground on the final lap.

Marco Melandri finished off the Aragon podium for the first time in his World Superbike career after trailing home in fifth, almost twenty seconds down on his victorious teammate, while Loris Baz brought the second Kawasaki home in sixth. Jules Cluzel produced a ride to match that of Davies after being pushed off the grid and being forced to start from the pitlane. FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s sole representative charged through to seventh, leaving Carlos Checa to make do with eight and Leon Haslam and Ayrton Badovini to take the last two places in the top ten.

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