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Imola double for Davies

Chaz Davies benefitted from an aborted first Race 2 to win on Sunday afternoon at Imola, securing the weekend's double ahead of Jonathan Rea.

With the reverse grid based on Race 1's results in play, Tom Sykes started from pole position and made a flying start while Davies got shuffled by the pack, falling to P11.

However, it all came to naught when the race was red flagged when Ayrton Badovini's Kawasaki suffered a spectacular engine failure at Turn 18.

With just one lap completed an all-new 18-lap race was declared with Sykes having to do it all over again.

Another good start for the Kawasaki rider, who took the lead ahead of Leon Camier and Xavi Fores. Rea was up to fifth with Race 1 winner Chaz Davies P6.

Rea and Davies began to work their way up the order only for the Championship leader to get it wrong, miss a corner and take to the gravel. He rejoined in sixth place.

Sykes and Camier tried to pull away at the front with Davies handed third place as his team-mate Marco Melandri ran onto the grass at the Variante Alta. Rea was also on the move, passing Xavi Fores and then Melandri.

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Davies was handed another position when Camier crashed out of second place, a crash that also elevated Rea to third. They were 2 and 3.6s behind race leader Sykes but quickly began to eat into his lead.

Laying down back-to-back fastest laps, Davies powered past Sykes to lead on lap 7. Rea in third was two seconds behind the battle with Fores some seven seconds behind the new race leader.

Davies continued to apply the pressure, extending his advantage to 2.9s with seventh to go. At the same time Rea closed right up on Sykes' rear wheel, diving down the inside to run second. He immediately put some distance between himself and his Kawasaki team-mate.

Davies raced to the victory, unchallenged in the final laps, as he won Race 2 at Imola by 3.7 seconds over Rea. Sykes was third.

Fores did well to hold of Melandri to the line with the duo finishing ahead of Alex Lowes, Eugen Laverty and Jordi Torres. The Spaniard was back on his Althea BMW after a brief illness kept him out of Race 1. He started at the back of the field but finished eighth.

Michael van der Mark and Leandro Mercado completed the top ten.


1 DAVIES Chaz Ducati Panigale R
2 REA Jonathan Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3.739
3 SYKES Tom Kawasaki ZX-10RR 4.342
4 FORÉS Xavi Ducati Panigale R 14.441
5 MELANDRI Marco Ducati Panigale R 14.596
6 LOWES Alex Yamaha YZF R1 32.214
7 LAVERTY Eugene Aprilia RSV4 RF 33.919
8 TORRES Jordi BMW S 1000 RR 35.932
9 VAN DER MARK Michael Yamaha YZF R1 36.099
10 MERCADO Leandro Aprilia RSV4 RF 37.621
11 RAMOS Román Kawasaki ZX-10RR 40.395
12 HAYDEN Nicky Honda CBR1000RR 43.738
13 SAVADORI Lorenzo Aprilia RSV4 RF 48.589
14 BRADL Stefan Honda CBR1000RR 54.649
15 KRUMMENACHER Randy Kawasaki ZX-10RR 54.916
16 DE ROSA Raffaele BMW S 1000 RR 56.434
17 JEZEK Ondrej Kawasaki ZX-10RR > 1'
OT RUSSO Riccardo Yamaha YZF R1
OT DE ANGELIS Alex Kawasaki ZX-10RR
OT CAMIER Leon MV Agusta 1000 F4
OT BADOVINI Ayrton Kawasaki ZX-10RR


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