Chaz Davies has successfully secured the runner-up spot in the 2017 World Superbike championship at the season finale in Qatar having produced the save of the season while leading race two.

The Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider made “the best start of my career” to dart into an early lead in the 2017 finale but at turn five suffered a heart-in-mouth moment when he almost high-sided off the bike, only for the Welsh rider to cling on and lose just one position.

Davies maintained his second place to the finish to take the runner-up spot ahead of Tom Sykes, who had crashed out early on in race two in Qatar, and saw the feat as mission accomplished before turning attention to 2018 with the factory Ducati squad.

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“We sealed second position in the championship, which was our goal going into this round, so I’m very happy,” Davies said. “It’s been another tough race. I probably made the best start of my career, then got my head down while keeping an eye on Sykes’ position.

“I nearly crashed at turn 5, it felt like a rodeo but we hung on to it. Once I saw Sykes was out, I just tried to control the gap as second place was the best we could do today. Thanks to Ducati and Aruba.it for another exciting season, I’m looking forward to 2018.”

Davies second place in the 2017 World Superbike riders’ championship equals his previous best finish in the series, also finishing runner-up to Jonathan Rea, back in 2015.

 

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That was a fantastic save by Chaz.  When it happened, I noticed some debris coming off the bike it was only on the cooldown lap when he was jesturing to LC2 and pointing to his fairing, not to mention the tear in his leathers from poking through the windscreen, that he'd impailed the "puig".  Very cat-like Chaz, nice work.

The vid above doesn't show how far past lock he really was.  Incredible save and well deserved 2nd place in the race and championship. 

The commentary and camera work was probably the worst of the year as well. Still a fan, just saying

Save of the Century probably. Even the camera on the front of Jonny Rea's bike that was watching it happen had to blink when Chas's back wheel went 90 degrees out of line with his front wheel. It prompted Rea to say 'That's one of your 9 live gone Chas!' when interviewed afterwards. 

Hail Chaz Davies, great racing, including saves.....the most exciting racer in WSBK by far, if it was not for Chaz being on the grid it would have about the same appeal as football or cricket, no disrespect to everyone else on the grid, but Chaz is the the man.....