14 May, 2017
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WSBK Italy: Dominant double for Davies at Imola

Chaz Davies has become the first rider to win a race at Imola starting off the front row in seven years to complete a double victory.

WSBK Italy: Dominant double for Davies at Imola
WSBK Italy: Dominant double for Davies at Imola
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Chaz Davies has become the first rider to win a race at Imola starting off the front row in seven years to complete a flawless double victory at his Aruba.it Racing Ducati's home event.

The initial race was red flagged when Ayrton Badovini's Grillini Kawasaki's engine blew up on the opening lap and after a 35-minute delay to clean up an oil spill the race restarted with Davies and Jonathan Rea making quick inroads from the third row of the grid.

Pole-sitter Tom Sykes made an early sprint into the lead followed by Leon Camier, who fell from second place on lap two, but once Davies carved his way through the field he quickly reeled in the factory Kawasaki rider.

Setting fastest laps of the race, Davies made his move at the end of lap six up the inside of Sykes at the final chicane before bolting clear with victory never looking in doubt.

Sykes held off Rea until lap 12 but the defending World Superbike champion nipped past for second place to keep hold of a healthy points lead.

With Sykes being forced for third place he slips to third in the World Superbike championship standings, with Davies in second 74 points off Rea.

Behind the podium trio, Xavi Fores resisted a race-long battle with Marco Melandri for fourth place in race two on the Barni Ducati. Alex Lowes recovered from an off-track moment on his Pata Yamaha to storm back to sixth place ahead of Eugene Laverty on the Milwaukee Aprilia to bounce back from his fiery crash in race one.

Jordi Torres jumped from the sick bay to take eighth place for Althea BMW having passed Michael van der Mark on the final lap as Leandro Mercado completed the top ten on the IodaRacing Aprilia.

Roman Ramos secured 11th on the Go Eleven Kawasaki ahead of Nicky Hayden for Red Bull Honda and the second Milwaukee Aprilia of Lorenzo Savadori, as Stefan Bradl and Randy Krummenacher rounded out the points places.

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4 Comments

  • auner 14 May, 2017 14:31:45
    Chaz may have started to win earlier than last season but that is not enough. Chaz and Tom have to work somehow "together", in order to end JR's series of finishing not lower than second !
    Otherwise, J. Rea will be always in control, till the end.
  • MarktheV 15 May, 2017 02:51:05
    Isn't this a bit of a half truth?! Chaz won pole-the fastest rider in qualifying- but started race 2 off the front row due to the new WSBK rules. Wasn't like he was struggling- he dominated this weekend!
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