Racing – Ducati’s Chaz Davies took two comfortable wins in round 11 of the 2016 World Superbike Championship held at Magny-Cours this weekend. In yesterday’s opening race he was followed over the line by Honda World Superbike Team’s Michael van der Mark with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) in third.

In today’s second race he was chased to the line by the dueling Kawasaki Racing Team pair with championship leader Jonathan Rea getting the better of Sykes.

Chaz Davies

Image courtesy Ducati

Race 1

In the opening race Rea took the holeshot Sykes hot on his tail. Van der Mark and teammate Nicky Hayden followed close behind. By the end of the first lap Sykes moved into the lead leaving Rea to hold off the Hondas on a damp track.

Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) joined the battle at the front and only a couple of laps later moved into the lead and started pulling away.

By lap 7 the track was almost dry and the Hayden was the first man into the pits for a tyre change, followed a few laps later by the Kawasaki pair who struggled with grip on the drying track.

Camier’s stint at the top was short lived as IodaRacing’s Lorenzo Savadori was first to catch him before a rush of activity in the closing laps saw Davies eventually catch up to steal the lead from the young Italian. Once in front, Davies was unstoppable and went on to win nine seconds clear of second placed van der Mark. KRT duo Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea pushed to make up for lost time spent changing tyres to finally finish in third and fourth respectively.

Savadori eventually finished in fifth ahead of first Frenchman home, Mattieu Lagrive for Pedercini Racing in sixth. Camier dropped down the field after his wet weather tyres eventually lost their grip on the dry track, coming home in seventh.

Barni Racing’s Xavi Fores brought his Ducati home in eighth ahead of Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team’s Sylvain Guintoli in ninth. IodaRacing Team’s Alex De Angelis rounded out the top 10.

Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea

Image courtesy WorldSBK

Race 2

After mixed conditions in yesterday’s opening race, the second race of the eleventh round of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship got underway at Magny-Cours today with almost perfect conditions setting the scene for a magnificent day of racing.

Pole man Rea grabbed the lead into the first corner with Davies right behind. It didn’t take Sykes long to get past, swooping around on the second corner to steal the lead and pull away while Davies took second. With a three way English fight out the front, Camier and van der Mark were left behind to fight it out for fourth.

Sykes was unbeatable setting a new lap record early on as he took his Kawasaki to its limit, putting seconds between Davies and teammate Rea. But it wasn’t long before Rea slipped passed Davies to begin the hunt for Sykes.

The last five laps of the race saw an intense battle break out between the two Kawasakis as the lead alternated between Rea and Sykes, with many tight overtaking moves keeping French fans on the edge of their seats. An almost impossible overtake attempt by Sykes on Rea saw Davies take advantage of the opening and shoot ahead with a couple of laps to go. Once in front the Welshman didn’t look back until the chequered flag saw him secure his second win at the Fassi French Round.

Camier eventually beat van der Mark to fourth with the Dutchman taking fifth ahead of Savadori. While further down the order Guintoli tried to hold off Hayden, Fores and Althea BMW Racing Team’s Jordi Torres in a battle of their own, but eventually lost the fight and finished in eighth. Torres finished ahead of the Frenchman in seventh and Hayden ended the battle in ninth, with Fores rounding out the top ten.

The next round takes place at Jerez in Spain from 14 to 16 October.