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 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.

“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 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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