World Superbikes: Chaz Davies edges out Jonathan Rea in Aragon race

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World Superbikes: Chaz Davies edges out Jonathan Rea in Aragon race

Jonathan Rea lost out to Chaz Davies in a close race two at Aragon on Sunday

Triple World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea had to settle for second place in race two in Aragon as Chaz Davies secured a narrow victory.

Northern Ireland rider Rea won Saturday’s opener and he moved in front after Xavi Fores slipped off.

Davies pressed Rea and took the lead with five laps left and held on to win with Marco Melandri in third.

Rea’s lead at the top is cut to 12 points with Davies replacing Melandri in second place.

Alex Lowes came in a distant fourth and he was followed in by Michael van der Mark and Tom Sykes.

Melandri held the early lead before Fores powered through and the Spaniard was holding off the challenge of Rea when he slid out of the race with 11 laps remaining.

It allowed Rea to lead on his Kawasaki but he was soon under pressure from Ducati pair Davies and Melandri as the trio pulled clear.

Davies edged in front and when Rea went wide on the last lap his victory, by 1.184 seconds, was assured in the Spanish sunshine.

“It was great fun and I’m really happy – it was a good scrap with Johnny,” said Davies.

Rea remains three short of Englishman Carl Fogarty’s record of 56 World Superbike wins but he was content with his weekend’s work.

“It was a big effort from my team and I’m happy to get a first and second,” said the Ballyclare man.

2018 WSB Riders’ Championship
Jonathan Rea (Gbr) Kawasaki 114 pts
Chaz Davies (Gbr) Ducati 102
Marco Melandri (Ita) Ducati 96
Xavi Fores (Sp) Ducati 76
Alex Lowes (Gbr) Yamaha 70
Michael van der Mark (Ned) Yamaha 67

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Source: BBC SPORT NI

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