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WSBK Aragon 2013: Davies picks up as leaders drop out
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Chaz Davies has snatched his second career World Superbike Championship win at Motorland Aragon after taking full advantage of mechanical failures for Eugene Laverty and Tom Sykes ahead of him to ease to victory.
Starting from the front row of the grid for the first time, BMW GoldBet rider Davies would make the most of his privileged position to run with leaders Laverty and Sykes through the opening laps.
Part of a four-strong lead pack that would break clear over the opening revolutions, it would take only four laps for the race to turn on its head when leader Laverty began slowing with apparent electrical gremlins on his Aprilia.
Promoting pole sitter Sykes into the lead, he too would succumb to mechanical woes just a lap later, forcing him to peel into the pit lane and into a costly retirement.
Their early demise meant Davies had only Sylvain Guintoli for company at the head of the order, but the Frenchman would have no response to the flying BMW rider.
Indeed, though Davies was certainly able to benefit from the misfortune of his rivals, he would at least go on to establish himself as the fastest rider on the circuit for the remainder of the race as he extended his margin to cross the line a clear six seconds up the road.
Behind him, Guintoli would turn in a second place finish on the sole remaining Aprilia, the Phillip Island race winner moving clear at the head of the standings by 20 points over his hapless team-mate as one of only three riders to have finished each of the opening three races inside the top ten.
A beneficiary of the retirements ahead of him, Guintoli was also fortunate to take advantage of errors from Marco Melandri that arguably prevented him from mounting a challenge for the win.
Already forced to fight back when a run-on at turn sixteen hairpin dropped him to ninth place, Melandri looked set to trail Davies in a BMW 1-2 when another mistake with four laps remaining would demote him to fifth.
However, by returning to the circuit just behind the reignited battle for third, Melandri would simply get himself back ahead by the chequered flag to snatch the final spot on the podium.
His recovery would ultimately deny Jonathan Rea a shot at the rostrum, though the Ulsterman would still turn in a decent fourth place finish on the Pata Honda, albeit at the expense of an unfortunate Davide Giugliano, whose Althea Aprilia would slow on the final lap before coming to a halt with just two corners remaining.
Flying the flag for Kawasaki and Suzuki respectively, French duo Loris Baz and Jules Cluzel engaged in their own battle before what became fifth place was decided in favour of the former, the duo finishing well ahead of a lonely Carlos Checa on the best of the Ducati 1199 Panigales.
Picking up a place from Giugliano's retirement, Michel Fabrizio, Leon Haslam and Ayrton Badovini rounded out the top ten, while the 14 race finishers, Max Neukirchner, Federico Sandi, Ivan Clementi and Vittorio Iannuzzo kept it upright to secure themselves some points.