Sixth place for Chaz in Thailand Race 2
After finishing in second position in Race 1, Chaz Davies took sixth place in Race 2 of the 2017 WorldSBK Championship at Buriram (Thailand) at the end of race split in two by red flags on lap five. Chaz, who restarted from last position on the grid after a crash, showed tenacity by climbing back to sixth position under the checkered flag.
After a strong start – on lap 3 Chaz lost the rear at turn 3 when he was just behind his teammate and rejoined the pack in last position. Shortly after, the race was interrupted due to oil on track.
At the restart, Chaz mounted a strong comeback from 19th on the grid but wasn’t able to set his usual lap times due to some issues with the throttle. Nonetheless, the Welshman finished in sixth position.
After two rounds, Chaz (70 points) and teammate Marco Melandri (45 points) are respectively second and fifth in the championship. The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will resume action in Aragon (Spain) for the third round of the 2017 WorldSBK Championship, scheduled for March 31 – April 2.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 6th
“I was following Marco but I misjudged his speed a little bit so I went to the outside. For me the rear always locks there, but that time it did it more than usual, perhaps because I was on a dirty part of the track, and couldn’t recover the grip. Finishing sixth is a salvage after the crash, but we could have been close to the podium at the restart. Unfortunately, we had some issues with the throttle after some parts were changed for safety. Still, we have many more points than after two rounds last year, and now we’ll go to more favorable tracks. The championship is long.”