Davies wins as title rivals crash out
19 June 2011
Chaz Davies has been gifted a potentially crucial third World Supersport race win of the season at Motorland Aragon after Broc Parkes crashed out of the lead with less than three laps remaining.
The Australian had led from pole position as he seamlessly translated Kawasaki's dominance from free practice and qualifying into the race, but having proven inch-perfect as he fended off Davies and Sam Lowes, he low-sided off the circuit at turn nine on lap 16 of 18.
A huge disappointment for Parkes, who looked set to extend his newly acquired series lead with a second straight win, his misfortunate allowed a grateful Davies into a lead he would protect to the chequered flag.
To his credit, Davies, who had been comfortably slower than Parkes throughout the timed sessions, defied pre-race expectations to shadow Parkes throughout the race. Indeed, though he was never able to do anything more than get a brief overlap down the back straight, he never strayed more than a second behind.
His determination duly paid off to claim a third win of the season, a result made all the more significant by the fact his other close title rival, Luca Scassa, also crashed out of contention whilst running a lonely sixth.
With Parkes out of the race, Lowes immediately began pressurising Davies for the win, though the Parkalgar Honda rider would be forced to settle for what remains his best-ever WSS result in second.
Though scant consolation for the Kawasaki team, which had dominated each session leading to the race, David Salom was still able to bring the second ZX-6R home in third, his first podium at WSS level.
Massimo Roccoli made it two Kawasaki's inside the top four with a fighting ride for fourth aboard the satellite Lorenzini by Leoni machine, while Roberto Tamburini fought off a last lap pass by Gino Rea to claim a top five finish on the Bike Machine Yamaha.
Rea kept hold of sixth, a strong result from 12th on the grid, the Step Racing Honda rider having the satisfaction of beating Ten Kate rider Fabien Foret.
Further back, Robbin Harms led a brace of Hondas in eighth, in front of Miguel Praia, Florian Marino, Vladimir Ivanov, Balazs Nemeth and Pawel Szkopek, while Triumph's Danilo Dell'Omo and Imre Toth rounded out the points.
In the championship standings, Davies is now 20 points ahead of Parkes, while Scassa has dropped to fourth overall behind Salom, 35 points adrift.