Chaz Davies ended Kawasaki’s 2016 winning streak when he took victory in race 1 of the third round of the World Superbike Championship at MotorLand Aragon today. The Ducati rider, who took the lead with 15 laps of the race still to run, won by over four seconds.
In the early stages it was pole man Tom Sykes with Sylvain Guintoli and Jonathan Rea in hot pursuit but the Ducatis of Davies and Davide Giugliano were soon hassling Rea. While the three of them were fighting for third, Sykes and Guintoli managed to pull away slightly but once Davies got past Rea it didn’t take him long to close the gap and move into the lead.
With Guintoli starting to suffer from tyre wear issues, he slowly dropped back through the field eventually finishing in ninth place. Guintoli’s problems made it easier for Rea to get past him and the Irishman then set about catching his team mate. Rea got past Sykes just after the halfway mark but couldn’t do anything about Davies and settled for second.
Behind the Kawasakis Xavi Fores and Giugliano battled it out for fourth, Fores getting the upper hand in the latter stages although they were separated by less than half a second at the flag.
Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden, who started from 11th on the grid, worked his way through the field to end the day in sixth.