Ducati’s Chaz Davies has stormed to a superb victory under the sunshine of the Motorland Aragon Circuit, defeating the seemingly unbeatable Jonathan Rea, who had to settle for second, with Marco Melandri completing a successful day for the Italian Manufacturer in third.
Windy conditions greeted the riders as they took to the grid for the race two of the Aragon World Superbike round. Alex Lowes lined up on pole from teammate Michael van der Mark and crowd favorite Jordi Torres. Race one winner Jonathan Rea lined up from ninth on the grid with Chaz Davies on the row behind in 10th.
It was Lowes who took the holeshot ahead of van der Mark with Milwaukee Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty slotting into third. It want long however until the main protagonists made their way to the front, as within two laps Rea, Melandri and Davies were settled into second, third and fourth.
Rea wasted no time in grabbing the initiative, overtaking Lowes with still 16 laps remaining. Sensing that the Kawasaki rider may get a lead, Melandri also overtook the Brit towards the end of the lap, with Davies sitting patiently in fourth.
With Rea not able to eek out an advantage, Davies started charging through the pack, overtaking Lowes with relative ease and in the process setting the fastest lap of the race with 1:50.977s. As the front three slowly pulled away from the Yamaha’s, Disaster struck for Lowes,as he missed his breaking point coming into Turn 14 and devastatingly ran on.
Davies made his way past Melandri with eighth laps to go and just as on Saturday, Rea and Davies clashed once again. The Welsh rider made his presence felt quite quickly as an aggressive move on the Kawasaki rider transferred him into the race lead.
As the final lap began it seemed as if Davies had a big enough gap just to hold off the gallant Northern Irishman until the Ducati rider had a huge moment into turn five almost handing the race once again to Rea just as what had happened on Saturday. Davies recovered beautifully, holding his position well he stopped Rea from retaking the race lead.
Rea attempted a late move on Davies heading into the second part of turn 14, but the Ducati rider held his nerve and immediately made his way back underneath the Kawasaki rider. With Rea having lost momentum, Davies safely made his way past the final corner to take his first victory of the 2017 World Championship.
Marco Melandri, who never really seemed to find the same pace as the front two, settled for a solid third position in what has been an excellent comeback season for the Italian. Despite suffering from an illness, Tom Sykes made his way from seventh on the grid to finish a creditable fourth, getting the better of Michael van der Mark in what was a great last lap duel between the pair.
Xavi Fores made a heroic recovery from the drama of Saturday’s race one, which saw him crash early on, then his Ducati burst into flames while the Spaniard was aboard. He finished the contest as top Spanish rider in sixth. Jordi Torres was seventh ahead of Leandro Mercado, Eugene Laverty and Leon Camier who rounded out the top ten.
Roman Ramos had a fantastic race in 11th pipping Honda’s Stefan Bradl for the position. Alex Lowes recovered from his mistake to finish inside the points in 13th, ahead of Randy Krummenacher and Julian Simon, who yet again scored points on his World Superbike debut weekend.