Chaz Davies takes race 2 victory in Buriram on another hot day, as Yamaha get double podium and Kawasaki struggle to keep up with the pace.
It was another clean start at the Chang International Circuit as the 19 riders headed away from the lights, early on it was the Pata Yamaha pair who had set the pace with Micheal Van Der Mark being the early leader closely followed by team mate Alex Lowes with Chaz Davies slotting in behind the pair, As the race started it was evident that reigning champion Johnathan Rea was experiencing issues with his KRT bike.
Johnathan Rea spent the majority of the early stages battling with Barni Racing Team Ducati’s Xavi Fores and Aruba.it Ducati’s Marco Melandri, but it was obvious the Irishman was experiencing some braking issues with suspected over head calipers being the issue similar to the issues his teammate Tom Sykes had experienced in yesterdays race 1, seemingly every time he went to overtake either of the Ducati riders on the brakes he would run wide, very uncharacteristic of the Kawasaki rider, However Johnathan Rea managed to salvage the championship lead today leading by 2 points from Melandri and Xavi Fores just another 7 points back from Melandri.
The Pata Yamaha pair of Micheal Van Der Mark and Alex Lowes had a outstanding race 2 both scoring a podium putting to rest the disappointment of yesterday’s race 1, Alex said in parc ferme “I need to understand why I can’t go with the group at the beginning, because my pace in the second half of the race is always very strong”. Yamaha have bought factory support to Buriram in hopes of helping the Cresent Racing run outfit find some more pace out of the R1. Micheal Van Der Mark had a outstanding ride finishing just +2.1 seconds behind race winner Chaz Davies.
Further down the field Milwaukee Aprillia rider Eugene Laverty lost the front going into turn 10 and was stretchered off and taking to the medical centre for further checks, Shaun Muir gave a update saying it is believed Eugene has sustained pelvic injuries and has been taken to hospital for further checks stating the accident “could of been worse but also could have been better” MV Augusta’s Jordi Torres also took a tumble on the same lap but it seems he was a innocent party in Eugene’s crash.
Aruba.it Racing Ducati’s Marco Melandri was again struggling with serve bike wobble at the end of the straights, the bike was violently shaking the Italian rider at the end of almost every high speed straight very similar to what we saw at Phillip Island.
Triple M Honda’s P J Jacobson managed to secure his first ever top ten result in World Superbikes beating RedBull Honda Factory Rider Jake Gagne who finished 14th and last classified rider.
This weekends racing seems to have show that the new rules for this year has tightened the field up with Johnathan Rea even saying yesterday in parc ferme “I don’t feel I can play with limit as much on this years bike as I could on last years bike”.
For the next round of the World Superbike Champioship we head back to Europe and back to Mortorland Aragon in North East Spain 13-15 April. Famously a strong track for Aruba.it Ducati’s Chaz Davies and only 12 points behind championship leader Johanthan Rea it certainly puts Davies in a commanding position early on in the championship battle.
Full Race Results:
1 C. DAVIES GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R 31″23.406
2 M. VAN DER MARK NED Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1 +2.185
3 A. LOWES GBR Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1 +3.884
4 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki ZX-10RR +6.554
5 X. FORES ESP Barni Racing Team Ducati Panigale R IND +8.973
6 L. CAMIER GBR Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR +10.647
7 M. MELANDRI ITA Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R +17.523
8 T. RAZGATLIOGLU TUR Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki ZX-10RR IND +21.618
9 L. SAVADORI ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 RF +25.345
10 P. JACOBSEN USA TripleM Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR IND +27.076
11 Y. HERNANDEZ COL Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki ZX-10RR IND +28.668
12 L. BAZ FRA GULF ALTHEA BMW Racing Team BMW S 1000 RR +29.004
13 R. RAMOS ESP Team GoEleven Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10RR IND +30.434
14 J. GAGNE USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR +30.527
RET L. MERCADO ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki ZX-10RR IND
RET T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki ZX-10RR
RET E. LAVERTY IRL Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 RF 4
RET J. TORRES ESP MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1000 F4
DSQ O. JEZEK CZE Guandalini Racing Yamaha YZF R1 IND