Dominant Davies Secures Imola Double

Chaz Davies - Photo Credit: Ducati

Chaz Davies moved back into second place in the World Superbike Championship standings after winning the second race of the weekend at Imola. The Welshman stormed through from ninth on the grid to defeat polesitter Tom Sykes with Jonathan Rea edging out his Kawasaki team-mate for second.

Sykes started from pole position after his fourth place finish yesterday and duly converted it into a first corner advantage while Davies fell back to eleventh. Ducati’s blushes were spared though when Ayrton Badovini’s Grillini Kawasaki detonated its engine, dropping oil on the approach to Rivazza and bringing out the red flags.

At the restart, Davies made no much mistake, climbing to third on the opening lap while Rea made a critical error, straight-lining the Variante Bassa chicane and dropping to fifth. Once Leon Camier had crashed out of second, Chaz had a clear run at Sykes and shortly before half-distance, the Yorkshireman gave in to the inevitable and surrendered the lead. Davies was untouchable from that point onwards while the recovering Rea eventually chased down Sykes, snatching second seven laps from home.

Xavi Fores produced another fine performance to claim fourth on the Barni Ducati, beating Marco Melandri on the factory Panigale. Alex Lowes won a close battle for sixth ahead of Eugene Laverty as the two avoided a repeat of their dramatic race one collision while Jordi Torres took a superb eighth from the back of the grid having missed Saturday’s running due to illness.


WorldSBK 2017: Italian Round – Race Two Result

17. Chaz Racing – Ducati32:12.36125
21. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+3.73920
366. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+4.34216
412. Xavi ForesDucatiBARNI Racing Team+14.44113
533. Marco Racing – Ducati+14.59611
622. Alex LowesYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+32.21410
750. Eugene LavertyApriliaMilwaukee Aprilia+33.9199
881. Jordi TorresBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+35.9328
960. Michael van der MarkYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+36.0997
1036. Leandro MercadoApriliaIODARacing+37.6216
1140. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam Kawasaki GoEleven+40.3955
1269. Nicky HaydenHondaRed Bull Honda WorldSBK Team+43.7384
1332. Lorenzo SavadoriApriliaMilwaukee Aprilia+48.5893
146. Stefan BradlHondaRed Bull Honda WorldSBK Team+54.6492
1588. R. KrummenacherKawasakiKawasaki Puccetti Racing+54.9161
1635. Raffaele de RosaBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+56.434
1737. Ondrej JezekKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+1:15.311
NC84. Riccardo RussoYamahaGuandalini Racing+9 Laps
NC2. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse+16 Laps
NC15. Alex de AngelisKawasakiPedercini Racing SC-Project+16 Laps
NC86. Ayrton BadoviniKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+18 Laps