Jerez WSBK: Davies takes third straight win in Race 1

Chaz Davies carried over his winning form from Magny-Cours to win the first World Superbike race at Jerez, comfortably beating the Kawasakis in the process.

Jerez WSBK: Davies takes third straight win in Race 1

Davies started seventh but was up to fourth already after Turn 1 and then passed Alex Lowes before the end of the opening lap.

Only the two Kawasakis were ahead of him at that point, in the order of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea as the former recovered from being passed by the latter off the line.

Sykes could not pull away and Rea made another move on Lap 2, only to drop behind not only Sykes but also Davies shortly afterwards.

Davies took the lead three laps later and gradually built a safe gap.

He eventually won by three seconds with Sykes and Rea completing the podium, the former closing the gap to 44 points.

The double podium finish also secured Kawasaki's second consecutive Manufacturer title.

Nicky Hayden was up to fourth early in the race but came under pressure from fellow Honda rider Michael van der Mark, eventually staying just ahead of him.

Van der Mark, similarly to Sylvain Guintoli and Leon Camier, passed Jordi Torres during the race, the Spaniard dropping from fifth to eighth.

He was followed by fellow BMW riders Markus Reiterberger and Joshua Brookes.

Ducati duo Davide Giugliano and Xavi Fores both retired at Turn 1 on Lap 2, while Lowes crashed next time around from fourth.

Race 1 report

ClaDriverBikeGap
1  Chaz Davies  Ducati  
2  Tom Sykes  Kawasaki 3.290
3  Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki 7.151
4  Nicky Hayden  Honda 13.212
5  Michael van der Mark  Honda 13.251
6  Sylvain Guintoli  Yamaha 17.834
7  Leon Camier  MV Agusta 20.911
8  Jordi Torres  BMW 26.182
9  Markus Reiterberger  BMW 29.837
10  Josh Brookes  BMW 31.246
11  Alex de Angelis  Aprilia 32.399
12  Roman Ramos  Kawasaki 33.007
13  Lorenzo Savadori  Aprilia 36.266
14  Anthony West  Kawasaki 1'01.064
15  Peter Sebestyen  Yamaha 1'07.941
16  Gianluca Vizziello  Kawasaki 1'08.160
17  Dominic Schmitter  Kawasaki 1'08.260
18 Karel Pesek  Yamaha 1'38.143
   Matthieu Lussiana  BMW 14 laps
   Alex Lowes  Yamaha 18 laps
   Xavi Forés  Ducati 19 laps
   Davide Giugliano  Ducati 19 laps
   Luca Scassa  Ducati 20 laps
   Saeed Al Sulaiti  Kawasaki 20 laps
 
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