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Chaz Davies has taken his third World Superbike Championship win of the season at the Nurburgring after a conveniently timed red flag prevented Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri from mounting a late challenge.
A race that would see the lead swap twice between Davies and Melandri – with Laverty always in the mix too -, Davies may have led into the penultimate lap, but he never under anything less than under intense pressure from his rivals behind.
However, the prospect of a grandstand finish would be scuppered when red flags were deployed due to a crash for Matej Smrz at the first turn, one that would leave oil on the circuit. Though a minor spill, following the spectacular crashes on oil at the end of race one, there was to be no risk of repeat this time around.
A race that began with a depleted grid following withdrawals for Loris Baz, who crashed in morning warm-up, and Jonathan Rea and Leon Camier, who fell in race one, the sprint down to the opening bend would go the way of Melandri, the BMW rider dipping ahead of Tom Sykes and the fast-starting Davies, while pole sitter Ayrton Badovini began his descent down the order in fourth.
Further back, Eugene Laverty – who had jumped from 12th to ninth on the grid thanks to the gaps ahead – was also straight into the mix in fifth.
The slightly fortuitous winner in race one after benefitting from count-back in the wake of a late red flag, Sykes had hoped he could mount a more convincing challenge in race two, but having been beaten by Melandri to the first bend, he would be quickly shuffled down by Davies and then Laverty by the end of lap three.
Indeed, while Sykes, Guintoli and Davide Giugliano would circulate in close company with the lead group from start-to-finish, the win only ever looked likely to come from the top three.
Hounding Melandri straight away, Davies certainly looked the feistier of the BMWs as he in turn fought to keep Laverty behind him, the Welshman eventually finding a way past on lap seven at the NGK Chicane. Not to be outdone, Laverty would also find his way through on lap ten into turn one, the Aprilia rider splitting the two BMWs.