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Chaz Davies says the push in development his Racing Ducati team has been applying during the middle stint of the season has been rewarded with a dominant double victory at the Lausitzring.

After controlling race one to an easy win, Davies carved up from ninth on the grid into third after the opening three laps before reeling in both team-mate Marco Melandri and Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea to double up in Germany.

The Welsh rider says his untouchable race pace in the high 1m 36s, including a race lap record of 1m 36.634s on lap five, is down to development gains made during in-season testing with the Panigale R as he launches a late season charge in a repeat of his 2016 form when he won seven of the final eight races.

“It was a great race two and I loved every minute of it,” Davies said. “It was different from yesterday though, as we had to work our way up from third row on the grid.

“We had a good start and in the first couple of laps we were within sight of the lead, so when I saw Rea making his move I tried to hunt down him and Marco. It wasn’t easy to pass them, but then I just tried to set my own pace, ride clean, and not make mistakes.

“I was surprised by our rhythm today in the high 1:36 mark, we definitely improved since the tests here a month ago, and it shows the effort everyone is putting in. I’m confident going into Portimão, but we’ll enjoy this double for now and get prepared for another battle.”

Davies moved to 105 points off of Jonathan Rea the World Superbike championship leader and 35 points behind second place rider Tom Sykes.


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