Chaz finishes eighth after Donington Race 1 crash
After showing strong competitiveness in both practice and Superpole, the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team didn’t achieve the results it hoped for in Race 1 of the WorldSBK Championship at Donington (U.K.).
In radically different climatic conditions compared with Friday – the tarmac being more than 10 degrees colder, and with strong winds blowing across the track – Chaz Davies finished in eighth position.
Chaz, who took first row in Superpole with the third-best time, got off a strong start and took the lead at the first corner to impose and impressive pace in the high 1:27 mark. The Welshman however crashed during lap 7 at turn 12, rejoining the race in fourteenth position before climbing back to eighth.
The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will resume action tomorrow at 09:50 (CET -1) for WUP. Race 2 is scheduled to start at 15:00. Due to the new grid regulations for Race 2, Chaz will start in 1st position.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 8th
“I’m disappointed for the crash, because we had a really good pace at the start of the race. Yesterday we lacked stability, but the crew worked hard overnight and I was able to push hard at the front and stress our rivals a bit. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in the last corner, which is quite bumpy. I let go the front brake a little too quickly and the front unloaded too fast. It’s always a fine line between winning and losing. Looking at the bright side, we got back on the bike and salvaged some valuable points for the championship. Hopefully we can show a strong pace in Race 2 as well and make it to the checkered flag.”