JEREZ, Spain – Chaz Davies continued his recent World Superbike domination by storming to his fourth-straight victory on Sunday at Circuito de Jerez.
Davies scored his fourth weekend double of the season in southern Spain with almost six seconds separating him from fellow podium finishers and Kawasaki Racing Team duo Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.
Davies had an incredible start, storming up to fourth by the first corner, but it was Sykes who led with Rea close behind in second. By the end of the first lap, the Ducati rider had already shot to the front and began to build his lead.
“To win four races in a row is just unreal,” Davies said. “Lately I’ve been very confident and able to push 100 percent every lap, just dancing on the bike. Also, I managed to get the best start of the year and entered turn one just behind Sykes. I think he was trying to save his tires, so I took the opportunity because I knew we could run our pace for the whole race. Today, the key was to manage the grip. I was a little mindful at the start, because the hotter conditions made the track more slippery, but in the end I could see the gap building and then it was just a case of bringing it home. Without getting overconfident, we’ll try to make it sixth in a row to get second position in the championship.”
The Kawasakis battled it out for the remainder of the race together, with Rea trying to hunt down his second World Superbike championship. The championship contenders swapped positions multiple times, but Rea couldn’t shake off Sykes to clinch the crown on Sunday. Rea still leads the standings by a comfortable 48 points.
By the end of the race, fourth-placed Nicky Hayden had caught up to the Kawasaki duo to fight it out for the podium, but he narrowly missed out as Sykes took third behind his teammate Rea in second.
Sylvain Guintoli had a solid race, improving from Saturday to come home in fifth ahead of Honda World Superbike Team’s Michael van der Mark in sixth, who was making his fifth start in World Superbike competition.
Alex Lowes finished in seventh ahead of Jordi Torres, who was the first Spaniard home in eighth. Anthony West ended Sunday in ninth while Lorenzo Savadori rounded out the top-10.