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Aragon WSBK: Davies wins as Fores crashes from lead

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Aragon WSBK: Davies wins as Fores crashes from lead
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Apr 15, 2018, 11:48 AM

Chaz Davies led Jonathan Rea and Marco Melandri in the second World Superbike race at Aragon after Xavi Fores crashed from first place.

Chaz Davies, Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team, Xavi Fores, Barni Racing Team
Podium: Chaz Davies, Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team
Chaz Davies, Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team indicates the red flag
Chaz Davies, Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team
Xavi Fores, Barni Racing Team
Xavi Fores, Barni Racing Team
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing

Fores passed early leader Marco Melandri on Lap 5, but the local rider only held first place for three laps before he went down at Turn 16, at the end of the back straight.

His crash promoted Rea into the lead, and the Northern Irishman, along with the Ducati factory duo of Melandri and Davies, was part of the leading group for the rest of the race.

Davies made a forceful move on his teammate at Turn 4 and also outmanoeuvred Rea two laps later on the outside line of the same corner to take the lead.

The order of the top three did not change for the rest of the race, with Rea even running off-track on the final lap.

However, despite losing a second due to his mistake, the Kawasaki rider still secured second place, with Melandri having an even slower final lap.

Ducati junior rider and WSBK debutant Michael Ruben Rinaldi held fourth for a long time before losing pace during the late stages of the race, and dropping to seventh.

Yamaha duo Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark completed the top five, the former making a move on the latter on the final lap.

Tom Sykes was only ninth on the opening lap despite starting third and, after spending the entire race in the second half of the top 10, settled for sixth.

Behind Rinaldi, MV Agusta's Jordi Torres, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Puccetti Kawasaki) and Aprilia rider Lorenzo Savadori completed the top 10.

Leon Camier, who was taken to hospital and diagnosed with fractured ribs and a lung contusion following a Race 1 crash with Torres and Savadori, did not take part in the race.

Race 2 results

Pos.RiderBikeTime/Gap
1 united_kingdom Chaz Davies  Ducati 33'29.519
2 united_kingdom Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki 1.184
3 italy Marco Melandri  Ducati 4.584
4 united_kingdom Alex Lowes  Yamaha 10.251
5 netherlands Michael van der Mark  Yamaha 10.687
6 united_kingdom Tom Sykes  Kawasaki 13.729
7 italy  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  Ducati 14.819
8 spain Jordi Torres  MV Agusta 15.215
9 turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu  Kawasaki 19.812
10 italy Lorenzo Savadori  Aprilia 20.272
11 spain Roman Ramos  Kawasaki 25.604
12 united_states Jake Gagne  Honda 25.745
13 argentina Leandro Mercado  Kawasaki 27.973
14 united_states Patrick Jacobsen  Honda 28.469
15 france Loris Baz  BMW 32.094
16 colombia Yonny Hernandez  Kawasaki 32.113
17 czech_republic Ondrej Jezek  Yamaha 56.590
18 russia Vladimir Leonov  Kawasaki 1'23.992
19 italy Davide Giugliano  Aprilia 1 lap
Ret spain Xavi Fores  Ducati 11 laps 
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Series World Superbike
Event Aragon
Sub-event Sunday race
Location Motorland Aragon
Drivers Chaz Davies
Teams Ducati Team Shop Now
Author David Gruz