Chaz forced to retire fighting for Assen Race 1 win
Chaz Davies suffered a bitter ending to his quest for victory in Race 1 at Assen today as he was forced to retire during the second-to-last lap when he was in second position, and well within reach of another win, due to a technical problem.
Starting respectively in second and fifth position, both Davies and teammate Melandri had a strong start off the blocks, settling in first and fourth place. Davies then dictated the pace at the top, followed by Rea and Sykes, while Melandri struggled a bit more and progressively lost contact with the leading group.
With three laps to go, Davies and Rea started yet another thrilling battle, with several lead changes, but the Welshman was eventually forced to retire during lap 20 due to an electrical problem. Melandri instead crossed the finish line in third position.
The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will resume action tomorrow at 09:30 (CET) for WUP. Race 2 is scheduled to start at 13:00. Due to the new grid regulations for Race 2, Chaz will start in 10th position.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – DNF
“It was a good race. I got into my rhythm at the front and the pace was strong, especially in the early laps. Still, we struggled a bit in a couple of areas and I didn’t want to make a mistake, so I tried to boil it down to a last-lap fight but unfortunately we were cut one lap short. It’s pretty disappointing because, even without knowing how it would have turned out, I think it would have been a spicy last lap to watch. That said, it was a good race until then. We need to make some small but important changes overnight and hopefully we’ll be able to battle for the win again tomorrow in Race 2 and make it one lap further.”