World Superbike race two was twenty one laps of Magny-Cours on a dry track, but one that's a lot colder than it was on Friday.
World Supersport at Magny-Cours is Kenan Sofuoglu's first match point for the championship and he just needs to finish within three points of Randy Krummenacher to take his fifth title. Alex Baldolini wouldn't start due to an injury from this morning and Roberto Rolfo would start from pitlane due to an engine allocation infraction.
The decision on whether to be conservative or aggressive with your choices wasn't the key in Magny-Cours rather it was just about having belief in your convictions. With a drying track Chaz Davies was one of the few riders to start the race with intermediate tires and the gamble proved worth the risk for Davies as he romped to victory.
In the early stages with a wet track Davies was a sitting duck to riders with more grip from full wet weather tires. The Welshman even said afterwards that “I was so slow that I wouldn't have been surprised if someone had hit me!”
When the track started to dry the race came to Davies and rather than being a sitting duck he became a shark and picked off his rivals. It was an inspired race by Davies who rarely seemed to have push but instead kept calm and allowed the race to come to him.
Having made his decision on the grid - based on track conditions, the increasing temperature and the knowledge that the surface doesn't dry as fast as others - the Ducati rider raced accordingly. There were precious few heroics from Davies, but with a minimum pit stop time of 45 seconds, he knew that as long as he could stay upright he had a decided advantage. The tire compounds used in the slick and intermediate tires are quite similar and for Davies this gave him even more confidence in his decision.
Standings in the World Superbike championship after the first race in Magny-Cours:
Press releases from the organizers and teams after qualifying and Saturday's first World Superbike race in France:
Davide Giugliano will not be taking part in the races this weekend, being declared unfit. He would miss out on a 21-lap wet race today where Tom Sykes would need to cut into Jonathan Rea's forty-seven point lead if he is to challenge for the title.
Twenty eight riders contested the first Superpole on a damp track with PJ Jacobsen and Lorenzo Zanetti quickest of the Superpole one qualifiers.
Superpole one took place on a damp track after an overnight downpour. Markus Reiterberger and Matthieu Lagrive wielding the 76 Kawasaki, cosplaying Loris Baz, were the two favourites to progress from their times yesterday, but the damp track favoured Davide Giugliano in morning's wet session.
Kenan Soguoglu was over a second and a half quicker than everyone else this wet morning. Kyle Smith and PJ Jacobsen were next up, in spite of having a terrible Friday.
The Kawasaki teammates Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were quickest in the morning's wet untimed session ahead of Superpole. Davide Giugliano, who has to compete in Superpole One this afternoon, was third quickest.