Chaz crashes out from second in Portimao race 2
Chaz Davies’ quest for a second excellent result in Portimao on the back of Saturday’s podium sadly came to a premature end. With a strong start from third row, the Welshman made some spectacular passes to climb back to second position and build a comfortable gap, but he was forced to retire after crashing out at turn 2 with three laps to go.
After ten rounds, Chaz (296 points) is third in the championship. The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will resume action tomorrow for one-day official test ahead of the eleventh round of the season, scheduled for September 29th – October 1st at Magny Cours (France).
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – DNF
“It’s disappointing to finish the race like that because we’ve missed an easy podium. Our pace was OK, we were holding station with Rea without pushing over the top, but towards the end I relaxed a little and closed the the throttle a bit earlier than usual going into turn 2, which ended up loading the front too much, and I went down. I was surprised because it’s a strange place to crash, especially when you feel like you’re cruising. That said, we’ve definitely made improvements today, but we still want to make another step forward in terms of stability at the end of the race, something on which we’ll work on tomorrow. Looking at the positive, we’ve closed in to second position in the championship, due to Tom’s misfortune, and with him back we should have an interesting end to the season, so I’m looking forward to the next round.”