Laguna Seca WSBK: Davies beats Rea in Race 2, Bautista retires
Chaz Davies dominated the final World Superbike race at Laguna Seca to secure his first win in over a year, while Ducati teammate Alvaro Bautista retired with a bike issue.
Bautista – carrying a shoulder injury from his Superpole race crash – dropped a position to 11th after a tentative start, though recovered to 10th ahead of Leandro Mercado by the end of the opening tour.
However, the his race would last just a handful more corners before a technical issue with his Ducati forced him into pitlane at the end of lap two to complete a clean-sweep of non-finishes in America.
Rea ran Davies close in the opening laps, keeping his advantage at under a second. But by lap seven, the Ducati rider slowly started to extend his lead.
Davies continued to open up the gulf between himself and Rea to over three seconds to cruise to the chequered flag.
Rea consolidated second place to extend his championship lead to 81 points over Bautista heading into the seven-week summer break.
Leon Haslam hounded Sykes in the closing stages after the BMW rider made a mistake exiting Turn 6, which allowed Lowes through, but could do nothing to usurp him and was sixth.
Ten Kate's Loris Baz nursed his SCX tyre to get his customer Yamaha into seventh ahead of Pedercini's Jordi Torres, while Marco Melandri (GRT) and Barni Racing's Michael Ruben Rinaldi completed the top 10.
As well as Bautista, Michael van der Mark was forced into retirement on lap five when his works Yamaha encountered a mechanical problem.
|10||21||Michael Ruben Rinaldi||Ducati||25||30.742|
|17||52||Alessandro Del Bianco||Honda||25||1'12.973|
|60||Michael van der Mark||Yamaha||3|
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