Chaz takes 2016 win number 10 in Qatar race 1

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Race 1 of season finale of the 2016 WorldSBK championship, held under floodlights at the Losail track (Qatar), saw the Racing – Ducati team claim the top step of the podium once again with Chaz Davies. The Welshman, who has won the last five races in a row and ten overall this year on the Panigale R, emerged victorious after a long duel with the 2016 champion Rea to cross the finish line with a four-second advantage.

Starting from third place on the grid, Davies got the ‘holeshot’ and took the lead into turn 1. Progressively breaking away after lap 11, Davies defended his position until the checkered flag, claiming also the fastest lap of the race with a 1:57.371.

The Racing – Ducati team will resume action at 17:30 tomorrow (local time) for a 15-minute WUP session ahead of Race 2.

Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati #7) 1st
“After a strong practice and qualifying, I was confident about our chances to have a good result here. Today everything worked perfectly and, compared with 2015, the bike improved a lot, especially on the straight. To seize victory number 10 is incredible. It’s a new record by a long shot, we doubled what we achieved last year, and I’m very happy and thankful to the whole team. In the race I tried to keep my head down, manage the gap and the tyres, and when the grip decreased I just tried to drop the hammer to break away from Rea. It won’t be easy to recover 7 more points from Sykes, but I think Jonathan and I have shown the superior pace so far. We’ll go at it again tomorrow and we’ll see where that takes us. I think I have to win again, but it’s going to be tight anyway.”