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Davies gets seventh Aragon win



There are very few certainties in the WorldSBK calendar – but a Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea battle at MotorLand Aragon seems as close as you can get.

In a repeat of last year’s Aragon Round, the two leading riders of the championship clashed sensationally in the final laps, with the Welshman avoiding a first Rea double of the season and taking his second win of the Superbike World Championship, and a record seventh around the Aragon bends.

Davies now moves into second place in the Championship standings, just 12 points away from Rea.

Behind them, Marco Melandri completes the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati pursuit on 96 points, after taking third in the Spanish Race 2.

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The race start was similar to Saturday’s affair. Again, it was Rea sticking among the Ducatis at the front, with the Panigale R showing incredible pace at the Alcañiz circuit.

This time it was Xavi Fores and Melandri heading the early laps, with a calculating Rea waiting behind.

Just one mistake is enough for the reigning champion to pounce, and as it happened there were two. First a wobble from Melandri (who has had some worrying difficulties controlling the bike throughout the weekend, despite showing very good rhythm) allowed Rea to move up to second.

Fores, looking for his first win in front of his passionate local fans, held his provisional lead well under Rea’s pressure – until Lap 9, when his front-end gave in and left the Spaniard on the floor, leaving way for what seemed to be becoming a trademark Rea double.

But, with one Ducati rider leaving the leading group, in came another.

NIGHTMARE RACE

Chaz Davies didn’t have the amazing start he did in Race 1, but quietly he benefitted from the action at the front to creep up to Rea and Melandri, picking off the Yamahas along the way.

He was too far back to greatly trouble Rea in yesterday’s Race 1, his Superpole 2 slip a disadvantage too large to overcome.

But on Sunday, with five laps to go and having already overcome his teammate, he got past the Northern Irishman.

With the pair coming in close into the final lap and ready for a photo finish, Rea went wide in the middle sector, handing Davies a phenomenal win.

Behind them, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark came in fourth and fifth, respectively, the Dutchman unable to take advantage of his front row start despite leading in Lap 1.

Tom Sykes suffered a nightmare race off the grid, falling from third to eighth at the first turn, with Davies in ninth passing him shortly after.

The Brit fought back to sixth at the checkered flag, but will be disappointed at his results throughout the weekend after two front-row starts.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi came in one better after his debut yesterday, finishing seventh and as the lead independent rider. Behind him Jordi Torres came back strongly from yesterday’s crash with Lorenzo Savadori and Leon Camier, ending the race eighth and pleasing the home fans.

Toprak Razgatlioglu and Savadori completed the top ten, in ninth and tenth respectively, with the other local rider Roman Ramos finishing eleventh. - www.worlssbk.com



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