Chaz takes memorable Race 1 win at Laguna Seca
The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team enjoyed a day to remember at Laguna Seca (U.S.A.) thanks to Chaz Davies’ win in Race 1. The Welshman thus brought his season’s tally to four victories, for a total 24 in his WorldSBK career, 20 of which came with Ducati.
Coming back from an injury that forced him to skip Race 2 at Misano three weeks ago, Davies quickly pulled away at the start with the two factory Kawasaki starting from third position. He then took the lead during lap 11, and with three laps to go he gave the final, decisive push.
Both Chaz and teammate Marco Melandri raced with a special livery that mirrors that of the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition – which was previewed to the public at Laguna Seca – with the typical colors of the Italian flag. The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will resume action at 10:30 (CET -9) tomorrow for warm-up ahead of Race 2 (scheduled to start at 14:00).
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 1st
“It’s been a couple of tough weeks, sitting on the sofa or the physio bed, so to come back and win at Laguna Seca is special. This victory means a lot to me, because I’ve been talking to my crew before coming here and I said ‘if I can race, I’ll be ready to have a go at the victory’. But, it’s easier said than done. The race was tough. Track temperatures were really high and the grip level dropped. I couldn’t trust the front completely, but managed my own race. I was expecting Johnny to attack in the final laps but that moment never came and we sealed one of the most memorable wins of my career. Now we’ll think about a strategy to attack starting from third row tomorrow.”