Davies Wins at Laguna Seca on Injury Return

Chaz Davies takes the lead (Photo Credit: WorldSBK.com)

Chaz Davies made a winning return from injury in Saturday’s opening race of the weekend at Laguna Seca. The Welshman suffered fractured vertebrae in the first race at Misano last time out after a last lap clash with Jonathan Rea but three weeks on, Davies defeated the reigning champion with Tom Sykes completing the podium.

Sykes had started the day in typical fashion, taking the 41st pole position of his career after edging out Rea in Superpole 2. The two were split by nine hundredths of a second over a single lap but the Kawasaki team-mates found Davies between them early in the race with Marco Melandri unable to keep pace in fourth.

Davies shadowed the no.66 in the opening laps until finally making his move on lap twelve, sitting Sykes up on the approach to the Corkscrew. The manoeuvre delayed the Yorkshireman so much that Rea was able to capitalise, snatching second as they descended from the Corkscrew, and Sykes would become an increasingly distant presence in third.

After setting the fastest lap five from home, Rea was threatening a late-race charge but Davies did just enough to keep the reigning champion at bay, clinching his fourth win of the season. Rea eased home in second to extend his championship lead over third-placed Sykes while Melandri toiled home in a lonely fourth, ensuring he will line up on pole for race two.

Xavi Fores will start second tomorrow after claiming fifth while Leon Camier took a solid sixth for MV Agusta. Jordi Torres was seventh ahead of the sole remaining Yamaha of Michael van der Mark, Alex Lowes having crashed, while Leandro Mercado and Lorenzo Savadori completed the top ten on their Aprilias.


WorldSBK 2017: Geico US Round – Race One Result

17. Chaz DaviesDucatiAruba.it Racing – Ducati35:14.81225
21. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+1.20220
366. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+5.79816
433. Marco MelandriDucatiAruba.it Racing – Ducati+17.57413
512. Xavi ForesDucatiBARNI Racing Team+21.15911
62. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse+23.01610
781. Jordi TorresBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+31.9869
860. Michael van der MarkYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+32.9338
936. Leandro MercadoApriliaIODARacing+35.9367
1032. Lorenzo SavadoriApriliaMilwaukee Aprilia+36.9126
116. Stefan BradlHondaRed Bull Honda WorldSBK Team+44.9615
1240. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam Kawasaki GoEleven+45.2034
1335. Raffaele de RosaBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+45.9013
1415. Alex de AngelisKawasakiPedercini Racing SC-Project+46.0432
1545. Jake GagneHondaRed Bull Honda WorldSBK Team+46.8051
1686. Ayrton BadoviniKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+54.463
1788. R. KrummenacherKawasakiKawasaki Puccetti Racing+56.989
1896. Jakub SmrzYamahaGuandalini Racing+1:06.108
1937. Ondrej JezekKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+1:11.766
NC50. Eugene LavertyApriliaMilwaukee Aprilia+15 Laps
NC22. Alex LowesYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+19 Laps