IMOLA, Italy – Chaz Davies completed a weekend sweep of the World Superbike races at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on Sunday for Aruba.it Racing – Ducati.
The initial start of the race was waved off after an issue for Ayrton Badovini in turn 16 that left oil on the track. Once the race started properly, Davies was in a league of his own. He overtook early leader Tom Sykes mid-race and pulled away to a comfortable victory of nearly four seconds over Jonathan Rea.
“What a weekend. For the first time this year, I feel we’ve been the benchmark from the beginning,” said Davies, who swept the Imola weekend for the second-straight year. “We were able to find our rhythm on Friday, and it sort of snowballed from there. The team has done an awesome job, the bike worked superbly in both races, in different conditions, but today it was quite interesting. We got mixed up at the first start, but after the re-start we got a good launch and I was able to make some good moves that put us in a good position. Sykes’ pace was strong, so I had to put my head down to hunt him and, once I caught him, I was able to set my own pace and that was good enough. Thanks to all the Italian fans for showing up this weekend, their push was something special.”
Sykes had led the race early but was unable to hold off his teammate Rea for second, as the Northern Irishman ultimately beat the Sykes across the line by just more than half a second.
Xavi Fores bested Marco Melandri to take fourth, with Melandri settling for fifth. Alex Lowes, Eugene Laverty, Jordi Torres, Michael van der Mark and Leandro Mercado completed the top-10.