After bolting clear of his World Superbike rivals to storm to victory in race one in Germany, Chaz Davies cursed the poor weather for halting his hopes for a third double win of the season.
With the rain holding off Davies was a heavy favourite to secure a second win of the weekend at the Lausitzring but heavy rain on the grid, which ultimately forced a 45-minute delay, saw entire World Superbike paddock revert to wetting settings.
Having only had the short FP3 in the wet it was a venture largely into the unknown and despite his best efforts Davies steered his Aruba.it Racing Ducati to sixth place, missing the opportunity to fully maximise his results while his rivals faltered.
“It took me a while to get up to speed, but the priority was to stay upright and I was happy to finish the race since I didn't have the best feeling on the front,” Davies said. “It's a shame the weather turned its back on us, but it was the same for everyone.
“The positive thing is that we've kept a good form ever since the summer tests. Had the weather stayed dry, we would have had another chance to win. We'll try again in Magny Cours in two weeks' time with the second place in the championship in our mind.”
Davies closed to 51 points behind Tom Sykes in the battle for second in the championship, with the Welsh rider effectively calling an end to his title challenge due to 98-point deficit to race two winner Jonathan Rea with only a maximum of 150 points left to score.