Photography by Gold & Goose
NURBURG, Germany (Sept. 1, 2013) – It was another red flag shortened race in Germany and this time it was Chaz Davies breaking through to win World Superbike race two at the Nurburgring, giving BMW a prized victory on home soil.
It marked the third win of the season for Davies, the former AMA road racer from Wales.
The red flag, caused by fluid on the track with two laps to go brought on by a Matej Smrz crash, came just as the top three, Davies, Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri were involved in a fantastic dice for the top spot.
Tom Sykes took back the series lead by finishing fourth, one spot ahead of series rival and former leader Sylvain Guintoli. Sykes leads Guintoli by a single point, while Melandri has moved into third.
The BMW riders led early with Melandri taking the point and Davies pushing past second-place runner Sykes. Laverty got a good start this time around and by lap four he displaced Sykes for third.
On lap eight Davies moved his way to the front for the first time with a late-braking move. A couple of laps later Laverty forced his Aprilia inside Melandri, standing up the BMW rider their battle for second. Melandri would fight back and regain the spot a few laps later only to lose it again in the closing stages.
The stage was set with any one of the top three ready to fight for victory on the closing laps when the red flag stopped the race.
Davies thrilled German fans by putting the BMW atop the podium.
“It’s funny I have the exact same results as I did last year, a third and a win,” Davies said. “We improved the bike for race two. It was definitely a step in the right direction, even though the lap times were a bit slower my bike was a bit better in certain areas of the track. It was hard to break away. I did all I could to get a bit of a gap. The last couple of laps I put my head down to try to get a little buffer and see if these guys would fight it out, but in the red flag came and I was in the right place at the right time. I was willing to fight for it on the last couple of laps if need be. Sometimes the ball bounces in your favor and that’s what happened.”
Turkey is the next round in two weeks.
Nurburgring - FIM Superbike World Championship - Race 2
1. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 34'36.933
2. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'37.065
3. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 34'37.299
4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34'38.122
5. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'38.554
6. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'40.166
7. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale 34'51.610
8. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'55.792
9. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale 34'59.058
10. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale 35'00.761
11. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35'07.377
12. Markus Reiterberger (Vanzon-Remeha-BMW) BMW S1000 RR 35'13.352
13. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 35'36.720
14. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 35'42.264
15. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 36'04.314
RT. Matej Smrz (Yamaha Motor Deutschland) Yamaha YZF R1 35'30.715
RT. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'08.950