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Chaz Davies has clinched his fifth victory of the 2017 World Superbike championship in race one at Lausitzring after easing clear of the chasing Kawasaki pair of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.

The Aruba.it Racing Ducati cut through from sixth on the grid to second place during the opening lap tussles before taking the lead from Sykes up the inside into turn ten on lap two. Rea duly followed Davies past Sykes at the first turn on lap three as the pair pulled clear of the pole-sitter.

While the top three traded similar lap times in the opening half of the race, Davies eventually broke clear of Rea to gradually build a lead without ever looking seriously challenged. With Davies over 100 points off of the World Superbike title leader, Rea settled for second place to extend his championship advantage to 63 points with Sykes back in third.

In a relatively uneventful race, Marco Melandri guided his Aruba.it Racing Ducati to fourth place despite suffering a huge drop-off in performance in the closing laps to finish ahead of MV Agusta’s Leon Camier by half a second.

With Camier impressing in fifth, Alex Lowes was forced to settle for sixth place on the Pata Yamaha but comfortably ahead of front-row starter Lorenzo Savadori in seventh for Milwaukee Aprilia.

After disastrous opening laps by Jordi Torres and Eugene Laverty respectively, the Spanish rider recovered from dropping to 21st to take eighth place as Laverty produced a similar feat to climb up the field from 20th to tenth place.

Further back Leandro Mercado on the IodaRacing Aprilia finished 11th ahead of Puccetti Kawasaki’s Randy Krummenacher with wildcarding Markus Reiterberger in 13th on the Van Zon Remeha BMW. Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) and Michael van der Mark on the Pata Yamaha completed the points finishers with the Dutch rider suffering an early off-track moment at turn 11.

It was a disastrous race for Red Bull Honda once again with Stefan Bradl unable to start the race due to injury before new rider Davide Giugliano was forced to retire from the race with a technical issue.