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Chaz Davies has produced his second dominant double race weekend of the season to claim back-to-back wins at his Aruba.it Racing Ducati's home event at Imola, with Kawasaki pair Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes a distant second and third.

Davies nailed the holeshot and despite a rapid blast off the line by his team-mate Davide Giugliano he was outmuscled back to fifth through the first chicane.

The Welsh rider quickly managed to gap the chasing Kawasaki duo of Rea and Sykes to pull out a healthy advantage out front. His Aruba.it Racing Ducati team-mate rediscovered his rhythm after a tricky opening lap to retake fourth from Lorenzo Savadori but had already lost considerable time to the leading trio.

Davies then produced a flawless middle stint to pull out over four seconds on the Kawasaki duo and comfortably saw his Ducati home to record a second double victory weekend after his clean sweep at Aragon.

As a result, Davies slashes Rea's World Superbike championship lead to 35 points while pulling out a healthy gap to Sykes in third.

Rea, pushing hard to catch up to his title rival, suffered a couple of hairy moments similar to his race one performance which ultimately denied him the rhythm to catch the Ducati.

Further back Giugliano enjoyed a relatively lonely race in fourth ahead of an impressive result for Leon Camier on the MV Agusta. The lone Cresecent Pata Yamaha rider of Alex Lowes gave his squad some joy after another tricky weekend by claiming his best result of the season in sixth, after Sylvain Guintoli was ruled out with a broken ankle suffered in qualifying.

Jordi Torres fought off the Honda Racing duo for seventh with Nicky Hayden beating his Dutch team-mate Michael van der Mark as Xavi Fores completed the top ten.

Despite running as high as fourth in the opening stages, Savadori slipped back down the order before his bike packed up on the home straight to see him crawl across the finish line in 11th.

Markus Reiterberger, Josh Brookes, Alex de Angelis and Dominic Schmitter completed the points paying positions in a race which saw four retirements and four non-starters due to the high rate of attrition at the Italian track.

 

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