Chaz Davies has clinched his seventh win of the 2017 World Superbike season for Racing Ducati while the freshly-crowned champion Jonathan Rea was forced to retire early due to a broken rear brake caused by a collision with Eugene Laverty’s Milwaukee Aprilia.

With the reversed grid for race two providing the usual frantic start, Davies and Rea made strong progress from the middle of the starting grid but at the end of lap one Laverty high-sided off in front of the three-time world champion.

The Northern Irish rider suffered a glancing blow with Laverty’s Aprilia machine which damaged the rear of his Kawasaki, while also giving him a bash on his right foot, and Rea was forced to pit and eventually retire from the race.

With the champion missing out on the podium for just the second race in 2017, Davies profited by storming into the lead past Alex Lowes on lap three. Davies quickly built a lead while Lowes battled for position with Leon Camier, only for the MV Agusta rider to be forced out with a mechanical issue on lap nine, which lined up a Pata Yamaha second and third with Michael van der Mark completing the podium.

Davies controlled the pace at the front despite light rain to win by three seconds from Lowes with van der Mark third while Xavi Fores grabbed an impressive fourth place for Barni Ducati.

Marco Melandri won a race-long battle with IodaRacing Aprilia’s Leandro Mercado to take fifth place, after Lorenzo Savadori was forced to retire from fifth with a technical issue on his Milwaukee Aprilia on the final lap, as Tom Sykes was promoted to seventh place to seal the manufacturers world title for Kawasaki.

Jordi Torres rescued a tough French round for Althea BMW in eighth place ahead of Team Go Eleven Kawasaki’s Roman Ramos as Raffaele De Rosa completed the top ten finishers.

There was another double points finish for Red Bull Honda with Davide Giugliano 11th and Jake Gagne 12th as Anthony West, Ayrton Badovini and Riccardo Russo rounded out the points places.


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