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Chaz Davies has produced a perfect race to win in Aragon ahead of Kawasaki duo Jonathan Rea in second with Tom Sykes completing the podium.

Despite missing out on the front row in qualifying Davies powered through to the lead on lap three and quickly pulled away from pole-sitter Sykes with a relentless race pace to take his first win of the year.

Sykes narrowly missed out on second place to his team-mate Rea with less than a second separating the pair at the chequered flag.

Further back local rider Xavi Fores secured his career-best result with fourth place, beating the factory Ducati of Davide Giugliano in a gritty battle over the final few laps.

Nicky Hayden claimed a relatively low-key sixth place after his Honda Racing team-mate Michael van der Mark crashed out early on. Jordi Torres once again secured top BMW honours in seventh ahead of Yamaha duo Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli, as Lorenzo Savadori completed the top ten after pinching the place from IodaRacing Aprilia team-mate Alex de Angelis.

Roman Ramos picked up useful points with 12th place in front of a BMW train of Josh Brookes, Markus Reiterberger and Karel Abraham who rounded out the points-paying positions.

Sykes held the holeshot at lights out with Guintoli in close company but his Yamaha team-mate Lowes had a nightmare opening lap slipping from third down to 13th.

After a brief scrap between the two Aruba.it Ducati riders and Rea for third, Davies blasted clear and soon began to reel in Guintoli and leader Sykes. Davies, who demonstrated a strong race pace during FP2, made light work of jumping from third to first by passing both men in front of him on lap three. Further back van der Mark suffered his off on the same lap at turn five dropping out of the race from sixth place.

As the race entered its middle third Rea, in third, stalked his Kawasaki team-mat for a handful of laps before making his pass on the inside of the final bend. Elsewhere, Guintoli endured a frustrating race as he went backwards through the field due to suspected tyre wear problems.

There were no such worries for the leader, who stressed the importance for correct tyre choices on Friday, as he pulled out a healthy advantage over the chasing Kawasaki pair.

With Davies comfortable out front and pulling out more time almost at will, the Welshman saw his Ducati home for his maiden win of the season at the same venue where he claimed his first-ever win with the Italian manufacturer 12 months ago.

 

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