Dominant Davies Breaks Kawasaki Winning Streak

Chaz Davies brought Kawasaki’s undefeated start to the 2016 World Superbike season to an end with a dominant victory in race one at Motorland Aragon. The Welshman improved his already-impressive Aragon record, winning by a distance, with Jonathan Rea pipping teammate and title rival Tom Sykes to second in another close finish between the two.

Superpole on Saturday morning followed the form book with Sykes taking a comfortable pole position but the PATA Yamahas sprung a surprise to lock out the two remaining front row spots. Rea and Davies were languishing on row two but the Aruba Ducati rider made rapid progress up the order, passing the world champion for third on lap two before giving chase after the leading pair, Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli.

Guintoli’s resistance was broken on lap four and the loss of second place would trigger a dramatic fall down the order as the Frenchman’s YZF-R1 began to lose pace. Sykes was expected to provide a much tougher fight for Chaz given his defence of the lead in Thailand but the Panigale breezed through at the final corner of the fourth lap before disappearing into the distance.

Shortly after half distance, a recovering Rea dived up the inside of Sykes to snatch second and despite pressure in the closing stages, the Ulsterman would hang on to extend his championship lead. Xavi Fores rode a superb race to take fourth, defeating Davide Giugliano to do so, while Nicky Hayden was sixth on a bittersweet afternoon for Honda who lost Michael van der Mark to a crash.

Jordi Torres was seventh for Althea BMW while Alex Lowes recovered from a disastrous start to finish eighth, passing his struggling teammate in the closing stages.


WorldSBK 2016: Pirelli Aragon Round – Race One Result

17. Chaz Racing – Ducati33:31.46425
21. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+4.16820
366. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+4.94816
412. Xavi ForesDucatiBarni Racing Team+12.72313
534. Davide Racing – Ducati+13.15111
669. Nicky HaydenHondaHonda World Superbike Team+21.11710
781. Jordi TorresBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+22.1129
822. Alex LowesYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+25.5758
950. Sylvain GuintoliYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+28.9417
1032. Lorenzo SavadoriApriliaIodaRacing Team+34.9566
1115. Alex de AngelisApriliaIodaRacing Team+35.0755
1240. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam GoEleven+37.3104
1325. Josh BrookesBMWMilwaukee BMW+37.4423
1421. Markus ReiterbergerBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+37.7312
1517. Karel AbrahamBMWMilwaukee BMW+52.2701
1620. Sylvain BarrierKawasakiPedercini Racing+56.295
1794. Matthieu LussianaBMWTeam ASPI+1:07.602
189. Dominic SchmitterKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+1:35.691
1956. Peter SebestyenYamahaTeam Toth+1:35.746
2010. Imre TothYamahaTeam Toth+1 Lap
NC11. Saeed Al SulaitiKawasakiPedercini Racing+2 Laps
NC151. Matteo BaioccoDucatiVFT Racing+5 Laps
NC16. Josh HookKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+5 Laps
NC2. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse+9 Laps
NC60. Michael van der MarkHondaHonda World Superbike Team+15 Laps