Results and summary of the World Supersport race at Motorland Aragon:
Chaz Davies has taken victory in the World Supersport race at Aragon, capitalizing on mistakes by Broc Parkes and Luca Scassa to take both the win and a commanding victory in the championship.
Parkes got off the line first, and immediately pushed hard in the lead. Luca Scassa got a rocket start from 5th to take 2nd, but was nudged back down to 3rd by his ParkingGO Yamaha teammate Chaz Davies, Davies heading off to chase Parkes. Parkes and Davies held the advantage, while Scassa could not match their pace, and soon had the Parkalgar Honda of Sam Lowes to contend with. Scassa clung on to 3rd until lap 4, Lowes getting by the Yamaha man down the Sacacorchos, Aragon's very own version of the Corkscrew. Scassa was clearly in trouble from that point onwards, going backwards to be passed by the Kawasakis of David Salom and Massimo Roccoli, eventually crashing out on lap 15.
At the front, Parkes appeared to have the race reasonably under control. Davies chased the Motocard.com Kawasaki all race long, but could never quite make a pass, while Sam Lowes yoyoed behind Davies, dropping back a second, then closing in to with a couple of tenths, but never close enough to pass Davies. If Davies could not pass Parkes, he was able to put him under a huge amount of pressure, and his persistence finally paid off on lap 16. As the trio exited the Sacacorchos and entered the downhill part of the long left hander at the top of the circuit, Parkes asked just a fraction too much of his front end, and slid out of the race, and out of the lead in the championship.
The race win would come down to the duel between Davies and Lowes, and though Lowes could close in the first, more flowing half of the circuit, he was losing out badly in the final section, along the back straight and in the hard braking zone for the hairpin and final corner. Davies held on to take a narrow victory from the English youngster, Lowes forced to settle for 2nd after an impressive ride. Equally impressive was David Salom, the Spaniard keeping his head cool after a difficult start, then beating back the pressure from Scassa and Massimo Roccoli. In the end, Salom took 3rd, and his very first podium, by a very comfortable margin. Roccoli settled for 4th, while Roberto Tamburini came out on top of a highly entertaining scrap for 5th, beating Gino Rea and Fabien Foret to the line.
The crashes by Parkes and Scassa hand Davies a sizable lead in the World Supersport championship, and put the Welshman in a strong position for the rest of the season. Last week's leader Parkes is now 20 points behind Davies, while Luca Scassa slips to 4th, 1 point behind David Salom and 35 points behind Davies.
|1||7||C. DAVIES||GBR||Yamaha YZF R6|
|2||11||S. LOWES||GBR||Honda CBR600RR||0.564|
|3||44||D. SALOM||ESP||Kawasaki ZX-6R||4.645|
|4||55||M. ROCCOLI||ITA||Kawasaki ZX-6R||10.984|
|5||22||R. TAMBURINI||ITA||Yamaha YZF R6||23.792|
|6||4||G. REA||GBR||Honda CBR600RR||24.009|
|7||99||F. FORET||FRA||Honda CBR600RR||24.297|
|8||127||R. HARMS||DEN||Honda CBR600RR||33.850|
|9||117||M. PRAIA||POR||Honda CBR600RR||42.657|
|10||21||F. MARINO||FRA||Honda CBR600RR||42.658|
|11||60||V. IVANOV||UKR||Honda CBR600RR||56.947|
|12||38||B. NEMETH||HUN||Honda CBR600RR||1'02.633|
|13||28||P. SZKOPEK||POL||Honda CBR600RR||1'06.378|
|14||91||D. DELL'OMO||ITA||Triumph Daytona 675||1'12.983|
|15||10||I. TOTH||HUN||Honda CBR600RR||1'21.663|
|16||5||A. LUNDH||SWE||Honda CBR600RR||1'23.068|
|17||114||R. STAMM||SUI||Honda CBR600RR||1'36.654|
|18||33||Y. POLZER||AUT||Yamaha YZF R6||2'02.621|
|19||19||M. PIROTTA||AUS||Honda CBR600RR||2'05.646|
|20||24||E. BLOKHIN||RUS||Yamaha YZF R6||1 Lap|
|RET||23||B. PARKES||AUS||Kawasaki ZX-6R||3 Laps|
|RET||9||L. SCASSA||ITA||Yamaha YZF R6||4 Laps|
|RET||69||O. JEZEK||CZE||Honda CBR600RR||5 Laps|
|RET||34||R. QUARMBY||RSA||Triumph Daytona 675||6 Laps|
|RET||31||V. IANNUZZO||ITA||Kawasaki ZX-6R||7 Laps|
|RET||25||M. JERMAN||SLO||Triumph Daytona 675||8 Laps|
|RET||87||L. MARCONI||ITA||Yamaha YZF R6||15 Laps|
|RET||77||J. ELLISON||GBR||Honda CBR600RR||16 Laps|