Fourth place for Chaz in race 2 at Sepang
After taking the third step of the podium in Race 1 with Chaz Davies, the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team stepped back on the rostrum in Race 2 with Davide Giugliano. Heavy rainfalls mixed things up for the WorldSBK championship riders, who only lapped in dry conditions until then.
Both Chaz and teammate Giugliano still managed to be competitive from early on, quickly coming through the field to claim provisional third and fourth position. The pair then passed championship leader Rea with six laps to go and engaged in a spectacular, fair duel.
Chaz fought fiercely for the podium, defending it until two laps to go, and was eventually fourth under the checkered flag also due to some front-end issues. At the end of round 6, he sits in 2nd place (215 points) in the championship, while Ducati is second in the Manufacturers standings (232 points). The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will be back on track in Donington (U.K.) for the seventh round of the WorldSBK championship on May 27-29.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 4th
“It was a strange race, because with 7 laps to go I thought we could win but the next lap I realized we were in trouble. The track conditions were pretty homogeneous, so the tyres were not too difficult to manage, but we struggled with grip in corner exit. I had to work the front quite a bit to make up for that, and its performance dropped all of a sudden. I’m semi-happy with the final outcome. Obviously I would have liked to have done more, but we were in contention for most of the race. In wet races anything can happen, and we only lost 3 points in the championship. We’ll move forward in Donington.”