Aragon WSBK: Rea beats Davies to win, first podium for Honda

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Aragon WSBK: Rea beats Davies to win, first podium for Honda
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Jonathan Rea won the second Aragon World Superbike feature race ahead of Chaz Davies despite making a late mistake and losing the lead.

Erstwhile championship leader Scott Redding got the best launch off the line, but Rea muscled his way into the lead at Turn 1 after the Ducati rider ran slightly wide and immediately built up a small gap.

Michael van der Mark demoted Redding at Turn 12 to third, before a mistake for the British Superbike rider at the end of the second tour allowed Alvaro Bautista on the Honda up into the podium places.

Davies worked his way up to fourth ahead of his teammate Redding by lap three, while Rea’s lead over the chasing van der Mark was up to 1.8 seconds.

The Ducati of Davies found its way into third ahead of Bautista on lap four at Turn 13, with the Welshman demoting van der Mark three corners later.

Davies then began his charge on Rea, with the gap fluctuation between 1.2 and 1.7s for much of the next 10 laps.

With six laps to go, Davies was just 1.2s behind Rea, with the Kawasaki rider outbraking himself at the end of the following tour at the final corner and running off track.

This allowed Davies to power ahead into Turn 1, though Rea launched his ZX-10RR up the inside of the Ducati at Turn 4.

Davies retaliated at the next corner, though Rea got the upper hand on the exit and established a slight half a second lead.

Despite Davies’ best efforts, Rea fended him off to claim his second win of the day and moves 10 points clear of Redding, who was fourth having opted for a different front tyre to the one he ran in the first feature race.

Bautista was the only ride to go for the SCX Pirelli tyre, designed for the 10-lap sprint race, and once through to third was able to keep the leaders in sight.

The Spaniard crossed the line in third to tally up Honda’s first podium with the new Fireblade, having scored its previous best of fourth in the sprint race.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi worked his way up to complete the top five on the Go Eleven Ducati ahead of a fading van der Mark, while Leon Haslam on the second Honda prevailed in a tight tussle of seventh ahead of Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu, the Kawasaki of Alex Lowes, GRT Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff and Puccetti Kawasaki’s Xavi Fores.

Loris Baz (Ten Kate Yamaha) crashed out at Turn 15 on the fifth lap, while Roman Ramos (Pedercini Kawasaki) and Marco Melandri (Barni Ducati) also dropped out.

Aragon World Superbike: Race 2 results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 18  
2 7 United Kingdom Chaz Davies Ducati 18 1.280
3 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista Honda 18 3.599
4 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 18 5.445
5 21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 18 6.687
6 60 Netherlands Michael van der Mark Yamaha 18 9.561
7 91 United Kingdom Leon Haslam Honda 18 20.911
8 54 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 18 21.248
9 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes Kawasaki 18 21.399
10 31 United States Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 18 21.717
11 12 Spain Xavi Fores Kawasaki 18 21.809
12 66 United Kingdom Tom Sykes BMW 18 22.012
13 64 Italy Federico Caricasulo Yamaha 18 25.244
14 50 Ireland Eugene Laverty BMW 18 30.088
15 77 Chile Maximilian Scheib Kawasaki 18 36.546
16 20 France Sylvain Barrier Ducati 18 49.074
17 23 France Christophe Ponsson Aprilia 18 55.511
18 13 Japan Takumi Takahashi Honda 18 1'00.754
19 63 Italy Lorenzo Gabellini Honda 18 1'35.650
  40 Spain Roman Ramos Kawasaki 17  
  33 Italy Marco Melandri Ducati 10  
  76 France Loris Baz Yamaha 4  
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Series World Superbike
Event Aragon
Drivers Jonathan Rea
Teams Kawasaki Racing
Author Lewis Duncan