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Davies back on top at the Nurburgring

30 August 2013

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Twelve months on from claiming a surprise maiden World Superbike Championship win at the Nurburgring, Chaz Davies continued to prove the German circuit is something of a happy hunting ground for him as he swept to the top of the timesheets in Q1.

In a session dominated by Kawasaki until the final few minutes, Tom Sykes's initial benchmark of 1min 55.051secs – which was set early in the session - had seemingly looked good enough to stave off the typical barrage of late improvements as several riders came up short.

However, a flying effort from Davies on the BMW would see him vault to the head of the order in the closing minutes, putting him just 0.017secs ahead of his countryman.

Just as he did in FP1, Michel Fabrizio's final charge was good enough for him to grab third place to be the leading Aprilia rider, ahead of Suzuki's Leon Camier and Honda's Jonathan Rea.

Having been second for the majority of the session, Loris Baz would eventually slip down to seventh position, ahead of Leon Haslam, Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri.

Outside the top ten, Jules Cluzel spent much of his afternoon on the cusp of the top 15 but would eventually raise himself to 11th place, heading off Davide Giugliano – who managed just four laps after falling at turn four – and Markus Reiterberger, the wild-card impressing to secure himself a provisional entry for Superpole.

Joining him inside the all-important top 15 was Ayrton Badovini and Max Neukirchner on their respective Ducatis, though it was a tougher end to the day for Panigale counterpart Carlos Checa, who fell at turn eight early on in the session and wouldn't set a time.

He will now go into Q2 looking to improve into the top 15, along with Mark Aitchison, Matej Smrz, Federico Sandi and Vittorio Iannuzzo


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