Davies Defeats Duelling Kawasakis in Race Two

Chaz Davies completed a double victory at Magny Cours on Sunday after taking advantage of a battle between Kawasaki pair Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. The Ducati rider chased down the championship rivals before passing both five laps from home while Rea eventually emerged the winner in his private battle with Sykes, extending his championship lead to 48 points.

The second race began in perfect conditions, a sharp contrast to the unpredictable weather which shaped race one, and Sykes signalled his intentions straight away with a sensational move around the outside of Rea and Davies at the Adelaide hairpin on lap one. With an early advantage, Sykes extended his lead to 1.4 seconds with lap record pace but his pursuers soon got into their rhythm and closed back in again.

By half distance, the two factory Kawasakis were together once again but Rea waited until lap seventeen to make a move, diving past Sykes at the end of the back straight. The Yorkshireman knew the importance of beating his teammate and snapped straight back but Davies had ghosted through on the inside of both ZX-10Rs, handing him a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.

A lap later, Rea made his move stick on Sykes to secure second while Leon Camier kept up his superb run of form on the MV Agusta by beating Michael van der Mark to fourth. Lorenzo Savadori was sixth ahead of Jordi Torres while Sylvain Guintoli saw off Nicky Hayden and Xavi Fores for eighth on what could be his last home race in WorldSBK.


WorldSBK 2016: Fassi French Round – Race Two Result

17. Chaz DaviesDucatiAruba.it Racing – Ducati34:29.19725
21. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+2.09120
366. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+2.58616
42. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse+9.15413
560. Michael van der MarkHondaHonda World Superbike Team+11.02011
632. Lorenzo SavadoriApriliaIodaRacing Team+16.06210
781. Jordi TorresBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+18.2429
850. Sylvain GuintoliYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+18.9518
969. Nicky HaydenHondaHonda World Superbike Team+19.0997
1012. Xavi ForesDucatiBarni Racing Team+24.6276
1125. Josh BrookesBMWMilwaukee BMW+31.5145
1221. Markus ReiterbergerBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+35.6654
1340. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam GoEleven+51.0533
1415. Alex de AngelisApriliaIodaRacing Team+54.2392
1576. Matthieu LagriveKawasakiPedercini Racing+59.9541
1617. Karel AbrahamBMWMilwaukee BMW+1:12.959
174. Gianluca VizzielloKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+1:18.008
1856. Peter SebestyenYamahaTeam Toth+1:19.245
1922. Alex LowesYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+1:27.462
2057. Alex PlancassagneYamaha3ART+1 Lap
2124. Imre TothYamahaTeam Toth+1 Lap
NC11. Saeed Al SulaitiKawasakiPedercini Racing+8 Laps
NC94. Matthieu LussianaBMWTeam ASPI+11 Laps
NC99. Luca ScassaDucatiVFT Racing+21 Laps
NS9. Dominic SchmitterKawasakiGrillini Racing Team
NS34. Davide GiuglianoDucatiAruba.it Racing – Ducati