Chaz takes podium in Jerez race 1
Race 1 of the 12th round of the WorldSBK Championship, held at Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), was marked by ups and downs for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team.
Chaz Davies, who started in 8th position after missing valuable track time on Friday, showed his tenacity with a strong comeback during the race.
The Welshman had a strong re-start – with race distance reduced to 19 laps – after the race was red-flagged, finishing second at the end of a long battle with Sykes and thus recovering valuable points in the fight for second position in the championship.
Due to the reverse grid for Race 2, Davies and Melandri will start from 8th and 10th position on the grid tomorrow. The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will resume action at 09:30 (CET) Sunday for warm-up ahead of Race 2 (scheduled to start at 13:00).
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 2nd
“I’m really happy because I feel that today we rode a really strong race after missing most of FP2 yesterday. It was tough because we had one hour less of track time and, with a new surface, there was a lot to take in. I felt that we were learning as the race was unfolding. It took me a few laps to adapt, so overall I’m happy to have been able to recover a few points on Sykes after a long game of cat and mouse with him. All things considered, I think we couldn’t have asked more. I’m sorry for Marco, he was really unlucky today.”