2017 Lausitzring World Superbike Race 2 Notes

Double top for Davies

Ducati's Chaz Davies romped to back-to-back victories in Germany with a superb performance in Race 2 at the Lausitzring. The Welsh wizard became the King of the 'Ring with his third dry weather victory in a row at the circuit. It wasn't an easy day for the riders, however, with spits of rain and the threat of showers hanging in the air.

"I knew the second race was going to be tighter,” said Davies. “It was hard to come from the third row, I made some good passes out there and had a lot of fun. It was a case of setting my won rhythm, we had a lot of fast sections but they were quicker than me in other sections and for that reason it was harder to get away, but I made some good passes and got the job done."

The cooler conditions of yesterday left Kawasaki's tire choice being questioned and today Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes both used the safer choice of the harder compound. Rea was able to make swift progress on the opening lap from the third row of the grid and took an early lead but he was hunted down by Davies.

“Chaz was really solid in race two and his pace was good,” admitted Rea. “When I had really good grip in the beginning I felt strong on the bike, but as soon as I started to lose entry traction the bike became very physical to ride. I was manhandling the bike and this is such a bumpy track. Yesterday’s race started to take its toll a little bit also. I had no big moments but I just tried to rein it in a little bit and I saw that my gap behind to Marco was just moving forward, tenth by tenth, so it was about consolidation at the end.

“When I lost the edge grip it was just not possible to stay in front but I did try. I am happy with the results from this weekend as the bike has never really worked that well here and we were on the back foot on Friday. So to make the setup changes we did, and make some big steps, I am really happy with the team and we come away with 40 points, from Lausitzring, which I am satisfied with.”

The victory is Davies' sixth of the season and while he has fallen out of title contention he will hope to continue his winning ways next time out at Portimao.

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... the first lap or two as the reverse grid shook out, then the rest at 6x speed on chase play.  As per normal Rea beat Sykes, Davies beat Melandri, those pairs meshed in their normal slightly differing ways, and everyone else was absolutely nowhere.

I was so underwhelmed I didn't even watch Melandri's missus' post race antics.  :(

MotoGP next week! :)

And it's amazing what a few years does. A few years ago, WSBK was fantastic, and MotoGP was more of a parade. Now MotoGP is fantastic, and WSBK is boring as hell.

I disagree. Moto GP is chaos, dictated by whatever Michelin decide to turn up with, so there is no proper order of talent regularly finishing where they should.
In WSBK Rea and David's are usually out in front because they are the best, beating their team mates on the same bike most weeks and always giving a good race. It's not their fault Yamaha, Honda and Apprilia don't put much effort into it.
The reverse grid is an idiotic idea though often ruining what should be a good second race.