Lausitz WSBK: Davies does the double from ninth

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Lausitz WSBK: Davies does the double from ninth
Valentin Khorounzhiy
By: Valentin Khorounzhiy
Aug 20, 2017, 11:51 AM

Ducati works rider Chaz Davies completed a clean sweep of the World Superbike round at Lausitzring, fighting his way through from ninth on the grid in the Sunday race.

Davies beat Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea for his second double victory of the season, having previously taken maximum points at Imola.

Starting eighth and ninth on the series' reshuffled Race 2 grid after their battle on Saturday, Rea and Davies needed little time to charge through the order, with the reigning champion third at the end of the opening lap.

On the second lap, Rea picked off the Barni Ducati of Xavi Fores for second and set out after Davies' factory teammate Marco Melandri, who had lined up on pole and maintained his lead off the line.

Rea reeled in Melandri and made the move for the lead at Turn 10 on the fifth lap, with Davies already following the pair close at that point.

Three laps later, Davies was through on Melandri on the inside of the sweeping Turn 9 right-hander, immediately setting out after Rea, who had not managed to break away.

Rea managed to defend successfully until lap 11, when Davies finally found a way past down the inside of Turn 4.

The Welshman's win looked in little doubt from that point on, despite spots of rain emerging late on.

Having slipped behind Davies, Rea was initially under pressure from Melandri, but the reigning champion saw off the challenge from the Italian to finish runner-up, 2.3s behind Davies.

Rea's teammate Tom Sykes was forced to settle for fourth after getting bogged down in the pack early in the race.

Sykes had started seventh and it took him until around halfway point to find his way past the battling group of Leon Camier, Lorenzo Savadori and Fores.

Once in clean air, he coasted home to finish fourth, 14s behind Davies.

Yamaha's Alex Lowes overtook MV Agusta rider Camier on the final lap to finish fifth, with Savadori a tenth off Camier in seventh.

Jordi Torres took eighth, right ahead of former Althea BMW teammate Markus Reiterberger, who was making his return to the series as a wildcard entry.

Fores slumped to 10th at the chequered flag, but did see off Yamaha's Michael van der Mark.

Honda works rider Stefan Bradl, who had skipped Saturday's race due to arm pain, was 13th.

In the standings, Rea leads Sykes by 70 points with four rounds to go, with Davies a further 35 back.

Race results:

Pos.#RiderBikeGap
1 7 united_kingdom Chaz Davies Ducati 34'05.220
2 1 united_kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 2.290
3 33 italy Marco Melandri Ducati 4.388
4 66 united_kingdom Tom Sykes Kawasaki 14.167
5 22 united_kingdom Alex Lowes Yamaha 15.786
6 2 united_kingdom Leon Camier MV Agusta 16.023
7 32 italy Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 16.138
8 81 spain Jordi Torres BMW 16.900
9 21 germany Markus Reiterberger BMW 20.355
10 12 spain Xavi Fores Ducati 24.066
11 60 netherlands Michael van der Mark Yamaha 24.885
12 36 argentina Leandro Mercado Aprilia 35.566
13 6 germany Stefan Bradl Honda 36.772
14 40 spain Roman Ramos Kawasaki 38.508
15 35 italy Raffaele De Rosa BMW 39.613
16 37 czech_republic Ondrej Jezek Kawasaki 1'00.744
17 34 italy Davide Giugliano Honda 1'01.401
18 86 italy Ayrton Badovini Kawasaki 1'01.531
19 55 italy Massimo Roccoli Yamaha 1'27.642
Ret 88 switzerland Randy Krummenacher Kawasaki -
Ret 84 italy Riccardo Russo Yamaha -
Ret 19 poland Pawel Szkopek Yamaha -
Ret 50 ireland Eugene Laverty Aprilia -
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