Davies Completes Double as Title Fight Goes to Qatar

Chaz Davies moved level with Jonathan Rea on nine victories for the 2016 season with another crushing display in race two at Jerez. The Ducati rider led from start to finish on his way to yet another double while Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finished line astern in second and third, ensuring the championship battle will go down to the final weekend in Qatar.

Sykes started from pole position but his time out in front was even shorter than Saturday’s race with Davies diving straight up the inside of the Kawasaki into the Dry Sack hairpin on lap one. From that point onwards, the lead continued to grow as Davies eased to a fifth victory in six races and the championship fight took centre stage.

As half distance approached, Rea increased the pressure on his teammate before sitting Sykes up around turn five, moving up to second. The Yorkshireman wouldn’t give up and shadowed the no.1 machine throughout the last ten laps but Rea rode inch-perfect to keep his title rival at bay, ensuring he will take a 48 point lead to the season finale at Losail with just 50 left to race for.

Nicky Hayden closed in on the Kawasakis in the latter stages before following them home in fourth while Sylvain Guintoli rounded off Yamaha’s best weekend of the season with fifth, just ahead of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes, the PATA squad’s 2017 rider pairing.

Jordi Torres was eighth for Althea BMW while Anthony West and Lorenzo Savadori completed the top ten.


WorldSBK 2016: Gaerne Spanish Round – Race Two Result

17. Chaz DaviesDucatiAruba.it Racing – Ducati34:20.02625
21. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+5.89320
366. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+6.03016
469. Nicky HaydenHondaHonda World Superbike Team+6.75013
550. Sylvain GuintoliYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+10.76211
660. Michael van der MarkHondaHonda World Superbike Team+11.31010
722. Alex LowesYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+16.4139
881. Jordi TorresBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+19.2328
913. Anthony WestKawasakiPedercini Racing+24.0957
1032. Lorenzo SavadoriApriliaIodaRacing Team+25.3796
1140. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam GoEleven+26.0365
1225. Josh BrookesBMWMilwaukee BMW+29.2304
1334. Davide GiuglianoDucatiAruba.it Racing – Ducati+34.8793
1421. Markus ReiterbergerBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+49.7082
154. Gianluca VizzielloKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+1:02.2451
1699. Luca ScassaDucatiVFT Racing+1:08.295
1794. Matthieu LussianaBMWTeam ASPI+1:20.252
189. Dominic SchmitterKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+1:33.859
1982. Karel PesekYamahaTeam Toth+1:33.965
NC12. Xavi ForesDucatiBarni Racing Team+12 Laps
NC11. Saeed Al SulaitiKawasakiPedercini Racing+12 Laps
NC15. Alex de AngelisApriliaIodaRacing Team+17 Laps
NC2. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse+18 Laps
NC56. Peter SebestyenYamahaTeam Toth+20 Laps