WSBK

Chaz Davies Takes Race 1 to Get Title Challenge Back on Track

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With clear blue skies and warmer temperatures, the stage was set for another classic WorldSBK showdown as the grid headed out on the Sighting Lap for Race 1 at MotorLand, Aragon.

Pole winner Tom Sykes got the best getaway as teammate Jonathan Rea also shot away from fifth on the grid, with the reigning Champion up into third behind Sylvain Guintoli on the chase as Sykes lead them away.

The two Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano set upon Rea as a the three battled over third and Giuntoli and Sykes pulled away, however Davies soon pulled the gap back once free of the fight and with 15 laps remaining took the lead from Sykes, intent on taking another win in AragÌ_n and adding to his tally as the most successful WorldSBK rider at MotorLand.

Yamaha pairing Guintoli and Alex Lowes had mixed fortunes on the getaway, with Lowes dropping down the order after a difficult start and finding himself fighting back from just outside the top ten. Teammate Guintoli, after initially challenging race leader Sykes with impressive pace, then started to struggle slightly and dropped back slightly to 9th as Yamaha look to keep improving the all new YZF R1. Lowes had an impressive comeback to P8 at the chequered flag, keeping both bikes with a good haul of points.

Michael van der Mark and Nicky Hayden, who started 10th and 11th respectively after a crash for van der Mark in Superpole 2 led to Hayden needing to take avoiding action, both got away well and were in the thick of the action. Van der Mark sadly suffered a crash at Turn 5 with around 15 laps to go, leaving Hayden to go on the attack as he chased down the Yamaha of Guintoli and Ducati of Giugliano, with the American coming home in sixth at the flag.

Xavi ForÌ©s was the fastest home rider on his 1199 Panigale R and took the fight to fellow Ducati runner Davide Giugliano to clinch fourth, with Jordi Torres also making fantastic progress up the grid and fighting his BMW into 7th place just behind Honda‰Ûªs Nicky Hayden. GOELEVEN‰Ûªs Roman Ramos also scored points at home after a great battle with Torres‰Ûª Althea teammate Markus Reiterberger, eventually taking 12th position.

MV Agusta rider Leon Camier suffered a technical problem to end his first Race of the weekend at MotorLand early. With the Italian manufacturer having scored points in both Races in 2015 at the aragonese track, that will surely be the goal for tomorrow. Aprilia duo Lorenzo Savadori and Alex De Angelis took their IodaRacing machines to two more points finishes in tenth and eleventh respectively as the team look to keep improving in their first year in WorldSBK. De Angelis is recovering from recent surgery and will surely be encouraged by a good result in Race 1.

Race 2 gets WorldSBK back on track once again on Sunday at 1pm local time (GMT +2), with Davies now aiming for another MotorLand double to chase down Jonathan Rea‰Ûªs Championship lead.

Main Photo: Chaz Davies
Credit: WSBK


WSBK Aragon, Spain: Race 1 Results
1. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 18 laps
2. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +4.168s
3. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +4.948s
4. Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati 1199R +12.723s
5. Davide Giugliano ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R +13.151s
6. Nicky Hayden USA Honda Racing CBR1000RR +21.117s
7. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW S1000RR +22.112s
8. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 +25.575s
9. Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 +28.941s
10. Lorenzo Savadori ITA IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 +34.956s
11. Alex de Angelis RSM IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 +35.075s
12. Roman Ramos ESP GO Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R +37.310s
13. Josh Brookes AUS Milwaukee BMW S1000RR +37.442s
14. Markus Reiterberger GER Althea BMW S1000RR +37.731s
15. Karel Abraham CZE Milwaukee BMW S1000RR +52.270s
16. Sylvain Barrier FRA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +56.295s
17. Matthieu Lussiana FRA Team ASPI BMW S1000RR +67.602s
18. Dominic Schmitter SUI Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R +95.691s
19. Peter Sebesteyen HUN Team Toth Yamaha R1 +95.746s
20. Imre Toth HUN Team Toth Yamaha R1 +1 lap
21. Saeed al Sulaiti QAT Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +2 laps
DNF Matteo Baiocco ITA VFT Ducati 1199R 13 laps completed
DNF Josh Hook AUS Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 13 laps completed
DNF Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR 8 laps completed
DNF Michael van der Mark NED Honda Racing CBR1000RR 3 laps completed

WSBK Aragon, Spain: Qualifying
1. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 49.374s
2. Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 1m 49.583s
3. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 1m 49.708s
4. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 1m 49.909s
5. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 50.003s
6. Davide Giugliano ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 1m 50.316s
7. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR 1m 50.360s
8. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW S1000RR 1m 50.390s
9. Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati 1199R 1m 50.538s
10. Nicky Hayden USA Honda Racing CBR1000RR 1m 50.551s
11. Michael van der Mark NED Honda Racing CBR1000RR 1m 50.744s
12. Lorenzo Savadori ITA IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 1m 50.958s
13. Markus Reiterberger GER Althea BMW S1000RR 1m 50.938s
14. Roman Ramos ESP GO Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 51.560s
15. Karel Abraham CZE Milwaukee BMW S1000RR 1m 52.052s
16. Alex de Angelis RSM IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 1m 52.173s
17. Matteo Baiocco ITA VFT Ducati 1199R 1m 52.246s
18. Josh Brookes AUS Milwaukee BMW S1000RR 1m 52.443s
19. Sylvain Barrier FRA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 53.169s
20. Matthieu Lussiana FRA Team ASPI BMW S1000RR 1m 54.042s
21. Dominic Schmitter SUI Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 54.569s
22. Saeed al Sulaiti QAT Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 54.719s
23. Peter Sebesteyen HUN Team Toth Yamaha R1 1m 55.444s
24. Josh Hook AUS Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 56.023s
25. Imre Toth HUN Team Toth Yamaha R1 1m 57.217s

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