Ducati team took its sixth win of the season in Magny-Cours, France, thanks to Chaz Davies’ triumph in Race 1.
With a wet track at the start of the race, Davies, who finished Superpole in third position, opted for intermediate tyres and although the Welshman’s choice was non-conformist, as most riders chose wet compounds, it eventually proved to be inspired.
Davies had to bide his time initially as the track was slippery, and was momentarily pushed out of the top ten, but soon mounted an incredible comeback that – as his opponents were forced to pit – saw him win with a ten-second advantage. It was Davies’ sixth victory of the year, a personal record.
He said: “I tried to make an educated guess on tyres, as in the past we haven’t always opted for the best strategy in these conditions. Still, it was somewhat of a gamble and I knew that early on it was just a matter of survival but the reward could be great.
“At first, I just tried to stay on the bike as in some points it felt like riding on ice, but when I saw the gap from the front after the first few laps I realized we could pull it off. It was fun to come back through the field. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be dry and we have a good chance, but we still have room for improvement.”
Team-mate Davide Giugliano wasn’t so successful, crashing out during his first qualifying lap in Superpole 1. The Italian remounted to post the 13th best time but, since the condition of his already injured shoulder worsened, was eventually declared unfit to race. He will thus return to Italy to undergo further treatment before the next round.