Ducati’s Chaz Davies shone again at Race 2 at Magny-Cours, dominating the race to claim his second win of the weekend.
The race started with polesitter Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) getting off the line well, but he was quickly overtaken first by his teammate Tom Sykes and then by Davies.
The fourth lap saw Sykes attempting to pull the pin and run away at the front, and he succeeded building up a gap of about a second on Davies and Rea, but then in the fifth lap, Rea overtook Davies to move into second place.
By mid-race point the battle between the two Kawasaki riders for the top step of the podium began to heat up, and Rea and Sykes were within less than three tenths of one another, with Davies a second and a half behind.
Everything changed in the eighteenth lap, when Davies took advantage of the battle between the two Kawasaki riders, overtaking them both to move into the lead, with Sykes retaining second place and Rea temporarily relegated to third.
In the next lap, the Northern Irishman managed to get the upper hand on his teammate, moving into second, and this would also be the finishing order – three British riders on the podium and the third double win of the season for Davies, while Rea saw his advantage in the overall standings grow to 48 points ahead of teammate Sykes.
Davies said: “It wasn’t easy at all today. I took the opportunity when it came, but honestly I didn’t think it was going to happen. I was struggling early on, doing the same pace as on Friday in the mid 1’38 mark. I was also finding it hard to pass the Kawasakis, as I couldn’t see where to do it unless I took a big risk, so I had to let the race come to me a little bit.
“It did eventually, and as Jonathan and Tom pushed each other wide at the hairpin, I just took the opportunity and dropped the hammer to put some distance in between myself and them. It’s been one of the most important weekends of my career, because we won in very different conditions, reaping the fruits of a lot of hard work with the whole team.”