Chaz Davies wraps up championship winning season with a win


Chaz Davies scored his sixth World Supersport win of the year, from the closing David Salom and one-time second place rider James Ellison at the final round at Portimao, Portugal overnight.

The Welshman immediately took the lead off the grid and continued to dominate the 20 lap race after a bit of mayhem broke out in the first turn when Gino Rea lost control and punted Australian Broc Parkes of the track and out of the race.

Parkes's team mate and pole winner David Salom finished second and with Fabien Foret finishing way down in 12th the Spaniard wrapped up second in the championship. Brit James Ellison rounded out the podium.

"This was the best possible way to end an amazing season," Davies said after the race.

"It was a tough race, I had a good start, put my head down but started losing the front and had to work hard to keep pushing. I'm worn out actually but I really enjoyed the race. I had a great package, great bike and the team did a great job and I couldn't ask for anything more. The entire year has been amazing and the title and today is just a dream come true."

Salmon's duel for second with James Ellison that looked like it may go away from Salom, a last lap effort pulled him clear to score his third podium of the 12-round season.

"I was given the opportunity to finish second and I took it and I am very happy this weekend," Salmon said.

"I took pole and second in the race was a great result. This weekend I am happy because it is my birthday today and I took second place in the race and also in the championship. I have to thank the team and Kawasaki for this year. This is my best season of racing and a lot of it is because of the bike I rode and the team I rode for."

James Ellison enjoyed a race long battle at the front of the field before finishing a close third less than 1.5 seconds away from the victory.

"That was a great race, I really enjoyed it," Ellison said, "I was chipping away at Chaz in front trying to bring him back and racing with Salom for second at the same time. I was losing grip as the race went on and on the last lap I left too much of a gap and let Salom through and that interrupted my rhythm. I am not too disappointed though, I am happy with a podium end to the season and also with getting the fastest lap of the race - it shows what we can do."

Main Photo: Chaz Davies headed for a season final race win
Credit: Yamaha Racing
David Salom holds of James Ellison for second at the flag
Portimao - SUPERSPORT - Race
1. Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) Yamaha YZF R6 35'31.062
2. David Salom (Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-6R 35'32.315
3. James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 35'32.477
4. Luca Scassa (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) Yamaha YZF R6 35'36.584
5. Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) Honda CBR600RR 35'52.720
6. Roberto Tamburini (Bike Service R.T.) Yamaha YZF R6 35'55.552
7. Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-6R 35'56.568
8. Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) Honda CBR600RR 36'03.333
9. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 36'03.722
10. Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth) Honda CBR600RR 36'03.742
11. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Lorenzini by Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-6R 36'05.794
12. Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) Honda CBR600RR 36'06.171
13. Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 36'22.714
14. Gino Rea (Step Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 36'25.064
15. Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 36'25.462
16. Bastien Chesaux (MACH Racing) Honda CBR600RR 36'28.715
17. Luca Marconi (Bike Service R.T.) Yamaha YZF R6 36'28.995
18. Marko Jerman (MD Team Jerman) Triumph Daytona 675 36'29.962
19. Gunther knobloch (GERIN-SKM Racing Team) Yamaha YZF R6 36'35.535
20. Gianluca Vizziello (KUJA Racing) Honda CBR600RR 36'45.765
21. David Linortner (GERIN-SKM Racing Team) Yamaha YZF R6 36'46.680
22. Thomas Caiani (KUJA Racing) Honda CBR600RR 37'09.138
23. Konstantin Pisarev (Step Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 37'22.899
24. Eduard Blokhin (RivaMoto) Yamaha YZF R6 36'58.789
RT. Danilo Dell'Omo (Suriano Racing Team) Triumph Daytona 675 34'33.288
RT. Ronan Quarmby (Suriano Racing Team) Triumph Daytona 675 30'50.566
RT. Luke Stapleford (Profile Road and Racing Perfor) Kawasaki ZX-6R 31'14.872
RT. Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) Honda CBR600RR 20'41.935
RT. Jesco GÌ_nther (Vector KM Racing Team) Yamaha YZF R6 9'08.510
RT. Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 7'55.121
RT. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-6R 4'03.379
RT. Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1'45.638

Final Championship Positions (after 12 of 12 rounds)
1. Chaz Davies Yamaha GBR 206
2. David Salom Kawasaki ESP 156
3. Fabien Foret Honda FRA 148
4. Broc Parkes Kawasaki AUS 136
5. Luca Scassa Yamaha ITA 134
6. Sam Lowes Honda GBR 129
7. James Ellison Honda GBR 99
8. Florian Marino Honda FRA 89
9. Roberto Tamburini Yamaha ITA 80
10. Massimo Roccoli Kawasaki ITA 71
11. Gino Rea Honda GBR 69
12. Robbin Harms Honda DNK 59
13. Miguel Praia Honda POR 51
14. Vittorio Iannuzzo Kawasaki ITA 44
15. Balazs Nemeth Honda HUN 42
16. Alexander Lundh Honda SWE 29

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