2011 WSS Aragon Race Result: Leader's Crash Decides Victory

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.


Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
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


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