WSBK: "Amazing day" for Davies after double win at Aragon

Davies delivered on ‘his’ BMW at Aragon

BMW Motorrad GoldBet rider Chaz Davies did the double at Motorland Aragon at the second round of the World Superbike season. 
The Welshman made good use of his front row start, and secured his first ever double victory in the World Superbike series, on only his second time out on a BMW machine.
Race one brought a bizarre set of circumstances, with both race leaders Eugene Laverty and Tom Sykes being forced to pull out of the race due to mechanical problems. However, Davies was not to be distracted from the task in hand and took the lead on lap five. Davies crossed the line with a five second lead over Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli. 
Davies had a faultless race two. Pulling the pin on lap two, the 26 year old never looked back and won the race with another five second lead. 
Chaz said “For me it is just an amazing day. I cannot explain how happy I am. What a weekend! My first victory with BMW and then the double win – this is something I was hoping to achieve this year but I did not expect it to happen this early. I want to thank BMW and everybody who supported me. I  knew coming here that we are going to be strong. BMW has done a fantastic job over the last month we had off since Australia, and everybody was working very hard. In addition, I now really feel that the RR is mine, I feel so comfortable on it. In race one, the DNFs by Tom and Eugene definitely made it easier. In race two it seemed that I had a comfortable lead, but to be honest I had to push a lot. One of the most impressing things is the fact that we have done a lot of testing in Jerez but not here in Aragón, where nearly everybody else has been. So to win with that up against us, is quite impressive and it is credit to the work BMW has done. We will now keep being focused, continue to work hard and look forward to Assen, another race track I really like.”

Davies’ Italian teammate Marco Melandri struggled this weekend, finishing race one on the podium and race two in fifth position.

After a disastrous Superpole which meant he started in eighth position, Marco fought hard for a podium in race two, but had a tough time in race two, only securing a top five finish and crossed the line 19 seconds behind his teammate. 
Melandri explained “For me, it wasn’t the best weekend. After race one I was still pretty happy. At the start I wasn’t very comfortable with the front end and I made a big mistake trying to catch the guys in front of me at the end of the main straight. After that I got into a good rhythm and improved into second place. I thought that would be my position in the end but unfortunately the bike went into neutral between third and second gear. But I finished in third place which was not so bad for me. In race two, based on my experience with the 16.5 inch tyre, I chose a harder tyre for the front. But with the 17 inch tyre, it worked differently to how I expected. I had less grip and could not ride properly. In the beginning I pushed very hard, but then I preferred not to risk too much. I had no pain in my shoulder, but by the end of the race I had no strength left in my arms. I am looking forward to the next race in Assen, when we will be in a better shape. Congratulations to Chaz. He rode awesome – well done!”


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