Jonathan Rea stands on the verge of defending his World Superbike title after finishing second at Jerez in Race 2. The Northern Irishman came out on top of a tussle with his Kawasaki teammate, Tom Sykes, and will enter the final round of the season with an almost unassailable 48 point lead.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after Sunday's races at Jerez:
Davies Can’t Be Beat at Jerez
- Unstoppable Ducati and the duelling Kawasakis -
Davies dominates the field in Jerez Race 2
Press releases from teams and the organizers previewing the penultimate round of WorldSBK, where titles in both World Superbikes and World Supersport are at stake:
The Hunt for Rea is on
Sykes and Davies still in with a fighting chance
It was smart strategy that won Chaz Davies the opening race of the French round of WorldSBK but in Race 2 it was patience and perseverance that won out. The Welshman clocked up his third win in four races and each have come in very different circumstances. A dominant victory in Germany started this rich vein of form but France showed how strong Davies has become. Having the mental strength to stick to his guns, and his intermediate tyre choice, in the opening race was contrasted with his patience in waiting for an opportunity to pass the Kawasaki riders in Race 2.
Press releases from the series organizers and teams after Sunday's World Superbike and World Supersport races from Magny-Cours:
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!”
Press releases from the organizers and teams after qualifying and Saturday's first World Superbike race in France:
Press releases from the organizers and teams after the first day of practice at Magny-Cours:
Magny-Cours: Day 1
Davies on Fire as Friday’s Fastest Overall
- Ducati rider fastest again in FP2 -
Davies unstoppable as fastest man on Friday.
Press releases from the series organizers and teams ahead of this weekend's WorldSBK round in France:
The Assault For The Title Continues
- All eyes are on Rea ahead of the Fassi French Round -
It was a weekend of contrasts in Germany. Four weathers in a race weekend is usually something associated with Phillip Island, but with 30°C temperatures having welcomed the WorldSBK paddock from their summer break, the heat gradually transitioned to a downpour on a cold and windy Sunday.
With Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea claiming the spoils in the races there was little reason to think that this was a standout weekend, but in many ways the German round of WorldSBK could prove pivotal when the season concludes.