Chaz Davies bounced back from the disappointment suffered in race one at Magny-Cours with victory in the second race as he closes in on second place in the 2017 World Superbike championship.

After suffering with an electrical issue with his Aruba.it Racing Ducati bike through the wet opening race in France, Davies struck back to take his seventh victory of the season as he controlled the pace after storming into the lead in the opening laps.

Davies, who has closed the gap on Sykes in second to nine points, is solely focused on taking the runner-up spot in the championship after Jonathan Rea clinched the 2017 title in France.

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“Yesterday was bitter, but today was sweet,” Davies said. “This is the best way to put behind us a couple of tough races. I woke up feeling really motivated and I think it showed in the opening laps, as I was making passes and got to the front pretty quickly from 11th position.

“It wasn’t an easy race though. The rain was on and off throughout, and it was hard to tell where the wet patches could be. It was a matter of pushing hard but not too much, just enough to keep the gap in check, and that’s what we did.

“Now we’re looking forward to the last two races, the hunt for second position in the championship is still open and we can be fast both in Jerez and Qatar.”

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Nice one Chaz. 

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Not sure why as I'm a kiwi and don't ride a ducati but for some reason I really wanted Chaz to win the title this year.....he's such a fighter. Roll on 2018.

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I've a feeling he'll get 2nd place his year OK.

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"I've a feeling he'll get 2nd place his year OK.". I guess that depends on how much Rea is going to help Sykes get 2nd, like he did last year.

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ANON7, right, agree, i dont like this kind of tricky things too, but consider Kawasaki position, maybe unique, of do a 1-2 in riders, 1 on brands, 1 on teams... i understand afterall, they have to take advantage of succes momentum... i am green since ever, but this last two years i am with Davis, he deserve a bike able to match the Kawa... difficult, but hey, not bad considering all circunstances in the last 2cilinder bike... im not sure when Ducati change (next year?) but is a good farewell... now is extremnly difficult to win a championship against Rea...

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