World Superbike title race hotting up ahead of UK round at Donington
The battle for the 2017 World Superbike Championship stepped up another notch at Imola last weekend (13-14 May), as the series heads to Donington Park in less than two weeks’ time for the only UK round.
Welshman Chaz Davies scored a double victory in Italy, to send the crowd into raptures aboard his Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale. Davies dominated the event, taking pole position for the first race and then fought from ninth on the grid for race two to complete the perfect weekend and putting immense pressure on championship leader Jonathan Rea, the pair infamously nearly coming to blows just a few weeks ago in Assen!
There was plenty of drama and action throughout the field, with race one brought to a premature halt, after a clash between Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes resulted in Laverty spectacularly crashing out of contention, with his bike engulfed in flames.
The second contest was equally dramatic, with oil dropped by Ayrton Badovini’s bike bringing out the red flags and sparing Davies blushes as he’d dropped down as far as 11th place on the original start. Davies was much hotter off the line at the restart and had already gained three positions halfway round the first lap, and was fourth at the end of it following an incident at the final chicane for Rea and Marco Melandri.
Davies continued his fight, and when Leon Camier crashed out of second place at the Variante Alta he was up to second. With a clear track in front of him, Davies closed in on Sykes and stormed into the lead with a move at the final chicane. Rea was able to make the move to second, but by then, Davies had established a sizeable lead to complete the double.
Rea still leads the series, but Davies’ run of form has elevated him up to second place in the standings heading to Donington next weekend. Who will take the initiative at the only UK round? Book your tickets now and guarantee your spot at one of the highlights of the year! Click here for more information.