Davies Signs Off With Qatar Race Two Victory

Chaz Davies became the first rider for ten years to claim three double victories in succession but his eleventh win of the season wasn’t quite enough to earn him the championship runner-up spot. The Welshman held off Jonathan Rea in a ten lap sprint but the Ulsterman relinquished second place to his team-mate Tom Sykes on the final lap, ensuring the Yorkshireman would complete a Kawasaki championship 1-2.

Sykes took a seven point lead over Davies into the final race of the season but the Ducati rider was quickest off the start line, leading Rea, Sylvain Guintoli and Sykes. Rea’s race looked to have been destroyed when a mistake at turn one relegated him to thirteenth but Saeed Al Sulaiti’s Kawasaki suffered a spectacular engine blow-up on lap eight, spilling oil and causing a red flag for safety reasons.

As a result, the race was neutralised and a ten lap restart was called. This was bad news for Sykes who held a safe second prior to the stoppage, a result which would’ve secured him the runner-up spot, but good news for Nicky Hayden who was forced to start the initial race from the pitlane after exceeding his engine allocation for the year.

Hayden got to start the re-run from fifteenth on the grid but Davies was way out of reach, converting pole position into the lead while Sykes came under pressure from a rampant Rea. The two-time champion muscled past on lap five but when it became clear he wouldn’t catch Davies, Jonathan eased off to let Sykes through in an act of sportsmanship and team unity.

Guintoli took fourth in his last race for PATA Yamaha while Leon Haslam finished a magnificent fifth for Pedercini Kawasaki. Jordi Torres was sixth while Hayden recovered from his pre-race penalty to finish seventh ahead of Xavi Fores, Raffaele De Rosa and Alex Lowes.


WorldSBK 2016: Gaerne Qatar Round – Race Two Result

17. Chaz DaviesDucatiAruba.it Racing – Ducati19:38.20325
266. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+5.85520
31. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+6.37616
450. Sylvain GuintoliYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+8.49313
591. Leon HaslamKawasakiPedercini Racing+11.86211
681. Jordi TorresBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+12.23210
769. Nicky HaydenHondaHonda World Superbike Team+13.5999
812. Xavi ForesDucatiBarni Racing Team+14.2108
935. Raffaele De RosaBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+14.2827
1022. Alex LowesYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+14.4146
1160. Michael van der MarkHondaHonda World Superbike Team+15.1695
1232. Lorenzo SavadoriApriliaIodaRacing Team+19.4014
132. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse+22.2363
1440. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam GoEleven+25.9952
1521. Markus ReiterbergerBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+29.7011
1699. Luca ScassaDucatiVFT Racing+33.205
174. Gianluca VizzielloKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+44.627
189. Dominic SchmitterKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+44.753
1956. Peter SebestyenYamahaTeam Toth+45.186
20119. Pawel SzkopekYamahaTeam Toth+1:00.135
NC17. Karel AbrahamBMWMilwaukee BMW+1 Lap
NC15. Alex De AngelisApriliaIodaRacing Team+10 Laps
NS11. Saeed Al SulaitiKawasakiPedercini Racing
NS25. Josh BrookesBMWMilwaukee BMW
NS34. Davide GiuglianoDucatiAruba.it Racing – Ducati