Chaz Davies has reached a new peak of second position in the World Superbike Championship standings after securing a hard fought win at Sepang... even if he admits it very nearly ended in tears.

Spending much of the first race embroiled in a second place battle with Jonathan Rea, as Tom Sykes ahead slipped back with tyre troubles, the tussle would transform into a lead fight on the final lap, with Rea just getting the better of the Ducati rider on the sprint for the line.

"Race 1 went really well, especially considering where we were after qualifying, when I was thinking we'd do well to finish top six. Anyway, we made some changes overnight that put us in a position to fight for the win, though we were still missing something in the last laps in terms of the grip and electronics working together.

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With this in mind, Davies made his push for glory in race two as he established a sizeable lead over Rea early on, only to come under intense pressure on the final lap as the Kawasaki rider closed in. Culminating in a clash on the final corner, it was Davies that would prevail, much to his delight... and relief.

"Then in race 2 I saw that Johnny was closing in but over the last two laps my tyre really dropped off and it took everything I had to hold him off. It was a battle to the line again, and through the last corner when we made contact I thought it was all over, but fortunately we both stayed upright and I was able to cross the line in front!"

Lifting him to second in the standings at the expense of Sykes, Davies is now setting his sights firmly on securing the runners-up spot in the standings.

"I'm so pleased about the results, obtained at one of the most difficult tracks for us. This shows how much progress we've made up until now. I'm also pleased to have moved into second place in the standings, having made up a lot of points over Tom this weekend. Thanks go to my whole team, the guys have done a fantastic job here! Now it's time to relax, and after a good holiday we'll get back to work."