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WSBK Lausitzring: Davies defeats the Kawasakis in Run One

Saturday, August 19th, 2017 | Sports

19. August 2017 – 13:57

Chaz Davies started with a victory in the final part of the 2017 season

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(cafetheology.org) – After the superpole everything looked as if the Kawasaki Werkspiloten would make the victory on the Lausitzring among themselves. Compared to Friday it was much cooler on Saturday. Jonathan Rea and pole setter Tom Sykes decided to go for the soft Pirelli rear tire and put it at risk. The victory went to Ducati driver Chaz Davies, who rushed to the top after the strong superpole from the second row. The Briton sat down against Rea and Sykes. On the other hand, before the start, it was clear that local hero Stefan Bradl would not play any role. The German was re-examined after the Superpole and had to realize that he was not fit for the 21 lap race. On Friday, the Germans fell uncontrollably as he slipped on the oil of Alex Lowes' Yamaha and injured at the elbow. Davide Giugliano was thus the only Honda driver in the starting position. To the race course: Davies managed from position six a very good start. The Ducati pilot pushed past four opponents and turned the second straight to the first straight. In round two, the Briton went past Landsmann Sykes and took the lead. World Championship leader Rea followed Davies and overtook Sykes a little later.Ducati and Kawasaki again dominant

Tom Sykes could not convert the pole position on Saturday into a victory

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After a few laps, the top 4 were out of the remaining field, confirming again that Kawasaki and Ducati are currently in their own league. Melandri was hard to follow Davies, Rea and Sykes and had to pull the top three.BMW pilot Raffaele de Rosa crashed ten laps before the end. And also for Honda driver Davide Giugliano the race was prematurely terminated. The Fireblade again struggled and prevented World Cup returner Giugliano from taking a place in the pits. So the veteran Ronald ten Kate team went completely empty in the first race. At the top, Davies gave the pace, but could not shake World Champion Rea. There is a clear gap to Sykes on place three. Melandri once again drove a lonely race to position four. Reiterberger fell back to the twelfth position eight laps before the race from eighth place, because he went to the gravel bed in turn 10. He shook his head again and took up the hunt again. Rea missing the answers to Davies's time Davies was able to put the pace a little bit six laps before the race and got some air. But Rea was not satisfied with second place and responded with strong lap times. A little later, however, the title defender had to recognize that Davies is no longer to be caught up. The distance increased to more than one and a half seconds. In the order nothing changed. Davies decided the race for himself. The two factory Kawasakis followed in positions two and three. Melandri came under pressure, but defended fourth place against Leon Camier (MV Agusta) and Alex Lowes (Yamaha). Reiterberger finally slipped from position eleven to 13th place. Clever strategy from Davies and Ducati

Chaz Davies concentrated on the racing tempo in the training sessions

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The repeat of the previous year's success ensured a great deal of enthusiasm in the Ducati warehouse. "Last year we had a great race and this year I was expecting another race, and it was clear from the test that we were all very close together," comments Davies, who set a clear goal in set-up : "I was not fast enough on one lap, but my racing tempo was great. We tuned the bike so that it is not necessarily fast on a lap, but in the race." Rea increased his lead in the World Championship with second place To 63 points. "In the middle of the race, I thought I could keep up, but I was not stronger at any point in the track, I had no reserves," admits the double world champion. "I was satisfied with the motorbike, we were always back this weekend, Tom had a better vote, and second place was the maximum today." For Sykes, the race did not end as hoped. After the pole position, the world champion of the 2013 season wanted to make another gift on his birthday. "I had a few problems with the traction, but the bike was okay, but it was quite difficult out of the tight corners," the Kawasaki pilot reports. "For Sunday, we need to improve the vote a bit, and then a good race will be possible."


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