News 6 Nov 2017

Davies claims runner-up in WorldSBK following 'tough' Qatar outing

Ducati ace charges to 2-2 scorecard at Losail's 13th round.

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Chaz Davies has labelled the final outing of the year as another tough race, which ultimately saw him claim second with a 2-2 scorecard in the 2017 FIM Motul World Superbike Championship that wrapped up over the weekend in Qatar.

Davies entered the round equal on points with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), although he would fall short of the the Racing – Ducati ace in race one before crashing out of race two, allowing the number seven to ease his way to the flag after an early scare.

“We sealed second position in the championship, which was our goal going into this round, so I’m very happy,” Davies expressed. “It’s been another tough race. I probably made the best start of my career, then got my head down while keeping an eye on Sykes’ position.

“I nearly crashed at turn five, it felt like a rodeo but we hung on to it. Once I saw Sykes was out, I just tried to control the gap as second place was the best we could do today. Thanks to Ducati and for another exciting season, I’m looking forward to 2018.”

In the points tally, Davies wound up on 403 as Sykes collected 373 for the season. Recently-crowned World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) earned a record-breaking 556 points to be credited his third WorldSBK crown.