Davies and Rea dominate both races in Germany
Aruba.it Racing – Ducati’s Chaz Davies won Race 1 at the Pirelli German Round via a 10.5 second lead in a flawless performance. Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes raced home second ahead of Honda World Superbike Team’s Nicky Hayden completing the top three. Davies led from pole into the first corner, before charging ahead to create a gap to his nearest rival Sykes. By lap five Davies was three seconds ahead with Sykes, teammate Jonathan Rea and Lorenzo Savadori (IodaRacing Team) fighting for second position.
Drama struck early when reigning Champion Jonathan Rea crashed out on lap 8. The Northern Irishman walked away uninjured, but furious after a tough weekend so far. Rea’s retirement means the gap in the overall standings stands with only 26 points separating him from Championship rival and teammate Tom Sykes. Friday’s fastest Lorenzo Savadori crashed out of podium contention just after Rea, and local hero Althea BMW’s Markus Reiterberger was forced to retire early on lap 9 due to technical problems. With Rea and Savadori out, Hayden was able to focus on chasing down Sykes but couldn’t match his pace, so had to settle for third.
Davies crossed the finish line 21 laps later 10.5 seconds ahead of Sykes. The dominant win making him the third rider in WorldSBK history to win with three different manufacturers in the same country; Davies won in Nurburgring with BMW and Aprilia and can finally cross the Lausitzring off the list on a Ducati.
Althea BMW Racing Team’s Jordi Torres came home in fourth after battling with Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Michael van der Mark (Honda World Superbike Team) for the finish. After battling it out for some laps, Camier and van der Mark finally finished in fifth and sixth place.
Davies’ teammate Davide Giugliano finished in seventh position ahead of Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team’s Alex Lowes, who came home in eighth after a disappointing morning. Lowes’ teammate Sylvain Guintoli gave a solid performance in his first race back from injury, leading Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Team) and Anthony West (Pedercini Racing) home to ninth position. Alex De Angelis brought his Aprilia home in P12 ahead of Roman Ramos on Team GOELEVEN in P13. Australian Josh Brookes (Milwaukee BMW) and Luca Scassa (VFT Racing) rounded out the top 15.
Jonathan Rea overcame wet conditions in Germany to secure victory and move 47 points clear in the World Superbike Championship standings. The reigning champion from Northern Ireland led from early in race two and won by nine seconds. Rea's main title challenger and Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes slipped off but recovered to finish 12th.
IodaRacing Team’s Alex de Angelis was second and Xavi Fores for the Barni Racing Ducati Team third, Leon Camier brought his MV Agusta home in fourth. Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team’s Sylvain Guintoli showed he’s back in form after battling with Chaz Davies to finish ahead of him in fifth. Milwaukee BMW rider Josh Brookes showed his wet weather quality by finishing the treacherous race in seventh. After sliding out of the race in the closing laps of the race, Honda World Superbike Team’s Michael van der Mark rejoined the race to finish in eighth ahead of Roman Ramos (Team GOELEVEN) in ninth and teammate Nicky Hayden finishing in tenth.