WorldSBK: Chaz Davies claims 31st WorldSBK win in final race at Catalunya.
Chaz Davies dominated proceedings in the final race of the weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya.
Welshman Chaz Davies has claimed his 31st win of his WSBK career in a dominant fashion in race three, as team-mate Scott Redding suffered further tyre woes, but marginally improved his finishing position, ending his weekend in sixth and in a further deficit to his championship rival Jonathan Rea.
Rea, who had a successful weekend before the final race, with a handy record of a first and second so far at Montmelo was strangely off the pace during the final race of the week, seemingly just not having the pace compared to the leading three.
Rea suffered a bad start and was languished down in fifth by the time sector one had concluded, everyone, even including himself was assured the Northern Irishman would fight back based off the form that preceded race three, but the race never really came to the Kawasaki rider. Rea, despite beating championship rival, Redding, was evidently baffled by the lack of pace in his ZX10-RR mentioning to media after the weekend had concluded that “I pray every night, that Kawasaki brings a new bike for 2021”.
Davies took a commanding lead early on, but sprint race victor, van der Mark has a new lease of confidence aboard his R1, stalking the Ducati rider throughout the first ten laps, appearing to have more in hand than the Welshman, demonstrating a clear advantage among the long turns of sector one and two, making a move now and then, Davies could always respond. Finally, around lap 13 the duct had broke and we appeared to have a clear winner of the race in the Aruba.It rider who had built up a gap of +1.5 seconds on the Dutchman in second. Van der Mark, after the race owed the the evident drop off to a lack of grip in the tyres which halted attempts to do the double in Barcelona.
Garett Gerloff, a fellow R1 pilot, was also on hot pace early on, following Davies and van der Mark owing us a three-way battle for the lead in a final showdown. Unfortunately for both Yamaha boys, they were unable to prevent Davies, but that didn’t stop them fighting each other for the second spot on the rostrum. Gerloff had telegraphed a move on the Dutchman at turn one for a few laps, but inevitably the move came, on the last lap of any it appeared to be done, although it seemed certain the American had second sewn up, no matter what he would claim his first WSBK podium, he made a costly error at the dreadful turn ten hairpin running deep into the corner and allowing van der Mark into second.
Scott Redding of the Aruba.It team was visibly shocked at the end of the race, appearing deflated when he crossed the line and has expressed his bewilderment at the fact his team-mate was able to claim victory, but Redding was not even close
World Superbikes will now face a two-week break before returning to action in Magny-Cours for the penultimate round of the season, where Jonathan Rea will have his first chance at sewing up his sixth WorldSBK crown.
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