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
|1||7. Chaz Davies||Ducati||Aruba.it Racing – Ducati||34:29.197||25|
|2||1. Jonathan Rea||Kawasaki||Kawasaki Racing Team||+2.091||20|
|3||66. Tom Sykes||Kawasaki||Kawasaki Racing Team||+2.586||16|
|4||2. Leon Camier||MV Agusta||MV Agusta Reparto Corse||+9.154||13|
|5||60. Michael van der Mark||Honda||Honda World Superbike Team||+11.020||11|
|6||32. Lorenzo Savadori||Aprilia||IodaRacing Team||+16.062||10|
|7||81. Jordi Torres||BMW||Althea BMW Racing Team||+18.242||9|
|8||50. Sylvain Guintoli||Yamaha||Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team||+18.951||8|
|9||69. Nicky Hayden||Honda||Honda World Superbike Team||+19.099||7|
|10||12. Xavi Fores||Ducati||Barni Racing Team||+24.627||6|
|11||25. Josh Brookes||BMW||Milwaukee BMW||+31.514||5|
|12||21. Markus Reiterberger||BMW||Althea BMW Racing Team||+35.665||4|
|13||40. Roman Ramos||Kawasaki||Team GoEleven||+51.053||3|
|14||15. Alex de Angelis||Aprilia||IodaRacing Team||+54.239||2|
|15||76. Matthieu Lagrive||Kawasaki||Pedercini Racing||+59.954||1|
|16||17. Karel Abraham||BMW||Milwaukee BMW||+1:12.959|
|17||4. Gianluca Vizziello||Kawasaki||Grillini Racing Team||+1:18.008|
|18||56. Peter Sebestyen||Yamaha||Team Toth||+1:19.245|
|19||22. Alex Lowes||Yamaha||Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team||+1:27.462|
|20||57. Alex Plancassagne||Yamaha||3ART||+1 Lap|
|21||24. Imre Toth||Yamaha||Team Toth||+1 Lap|
|NC||11. Saeed Al Sulaiti||Kawasaki||Pedercini Racing||+8 Laps|
|NC||94. Matthieu Lussiana||BMW||Team ASPI||+11 Laps|
|NC||99. Luca Scassa||Ducati||VFT Racing||+21 Laps|
|NS||9. Dominic Schmitter||Kawasaki||Grillini Racing Team|
|NS||34. Davide Giugliano||Ducati||Aruba.it Racing – Ducati|