WSBK-race 1 and 2 in Aragon


31.08.2020

Race 1


For the second time in the 2020 WorldSBK season, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team conquers the two highest steps of the podium. After the one-two in Race-2 at Jerez de la Frontera, Scott Redding and Chaz Davies make another masterpiece in Race-1 of the Prosecco Doc Aragon Round.
Starting from the third position after a convincing qualifying, Scott Redding builds his victory since the first laps when he doesn't lose contact with Rea (Kawasaki). On lap 8, the English rider takes the first position that he controls well until lap 14 when Rea tries to attack him. Scott defends himself well and forces Rea to make a mistake, conquering the third victory of the season that allows him to return to the lead of the Superbike World Championship standings.

Chaz Davies' Superpole is not incisive and forces him to start from ninth place. Once again the Welsh rider is the protagonist of a spectacular comeback. In the first six laps he recovers five positions and after the crash of Lowes (Kawasaki) - also thanks to an extremely solid race pace - he starts chasing Rea overtaking him with 3 laps to go. In the last lap, Chaz also tries to attack Scott finishing only 3 tenths from his teammate.

Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
"I'm really happy because until this morning the feeling was certainly not the best one. Maybe something has changed in the Superpole, but the conditions were not ideal. I tried to stay focused, thinking only of not losing contact with the leading group to achieve a good result. During the race, the feeling with the bike grew, and I managed to take this great victory that I dedicate to the whole team that never gave up doing an extraordinary job."

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
"It is clear that the starting position did not help me, but I got off a good start, and in the first laps, I managed to keep a good pace to recover positions. The feeling was positive, and I closed the gap between the leading group and me. I tried to manage the tires then when I saw that Scott and Rea were gaining advantage I pushed to the maximum. I think if I had one more lap, I could have overtaken Scott, but he was still very good at defending himself without allowing me to attack him."

Race 2



After the stunning 1-2 set on Saturday, Chaz Davies gives another podium to the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team by finishing second in Race-2 after fighting with Rea (Kawasaki) for the victory until the last lap. Scott Redding instead has to settle for fourth position at the end of a difficult race.

Chaz gains positions on the grid thanks to the fifth place in the Superpole Race. The Welsh rider's start is not incisive but since the first laps, his progression is exciting. Between the fourth and the sixth lap, he attacks Redding, Bautista (Honda) and Van der Mark (Yamaha) to chase Rea. His race pace is solid and with four laps to go, he puts pressure on Rea. Chaz manages to fight for the first position then finishing second.

The second place in the Superpole Race allows Scott Redding to start from P2. The English rider tries to stay with Rea but the feeling with the rear tire is not the same it was in Race-1. Halfway through the race Scott is in fifth position and attacks Van Der Mark to close in P4 under the checkered flag.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
"I'm very happy with the way things went this weekend. It is clear that the first place has another value but I am really satisfied with the work done by the team that put me in a position to be competitive since Friday. Unfortunately, the start was not the best and in the first laps, I had to fight with the group. Then I was able to lap with a good race pace and to fight with Jonny (Rea) until the last corner. We will get back on track with solid foundations next week end."

Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
"Unfortunately I struggled a lot since the very first laps to make the rear tire work well. I was never able to find the grip that would allow me to push with the right rhythm. In the next two days, we will have to work to understand if it was a problem with the bike or just a tire that didn't work in the best way, also because Chaz went very fast. I find it hard to accept to win race-1 and finish fourth in race-2."


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Race results

Pos.Nr.DriverBikeTime-gap to Leader
1 1 J. Rea ZX-10RR 33:18.756
2 7 C. Davies Panigale V4 R 1280
3 19 A. Bautista CBR1000RR-R 3599
4 45 S. Redding Panigale V4 R 5445
5 21 M. Rinaldi Panigale V4 R 6687
6 60 M. van der Mark YZF R1 9561
7 91 L. Haslam CBR1000RR-R 20911
8 54 T. Razgatlioglu YZF R1 21248
9 22 A. Lowes ZX-10RR 21399
10 31 G. Gerloff YZF R1 21717
11 12 X. Fores ZX-10RR 21809
12 66 T. Sykes S1000 RR 22012
13 64 F. Caricasulo YZF R1 25244
14 50 E. Laverty S1000 RR 30088
15 77 M. Scheib ZX-10RR 36546
16 20 S. Barrier Panigale V4 R 49074
17 23 C. Ponsson RSV4 1000 55511
18 13 T. Takahashi CBR1000RR-R 1:00.754
19 63 L. Gabellini CBR1000RR-R 1:35.650
DNF 40 R. Ramos ZX-10RR
DNF 33 M. Melandri Panigale V4 R
DNF 76 L. Baz YZF R1

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