Aragon WSBK: Rea beats Davies to win, first podium for Honda

Jonathan Rea won the second Aragon World Superbike feature race ahead of Chaz Davies despite making a late mistake and losing the lead.

Erstwhile championship leader Scott Redding got the best launch off the line, but Rea muscled his way into the lead at Turn 1 after the Ducati ran slightly wide and immediately built up a small gap.

Michael van der Mark demoted Redding at Turn 12 to third, before a mistake for the Ducati rider at the end of the second tour allowed Alvaro Bautista on the Honda up into the podium places.

Davies worked his way up to fourth ahead of his teammate Redding by lap three, while Rea’s lead over the chasing van der Mark was up to 1.8 seconds.

The Ducati of Davies found its way into third ahead of Bautista on lap four at Turn 13, with the Welshman demoting van der Mark three corners later.

Davies then began his charge on Rea, with the gap fluctuation between 1.2 and 1.7s for much of the next 10 laps.

With six to go, Davies was just 1.2s behind Rea, with the Kawasaki rider outbraking himself at the end of the following tour at the final corner and running off track.

This allowed Davies to power ahead into Turn 1, though Rea launched his ZX-10RR up the inside of the Ducati at Turn 4.

Davies retaliated at the next corner, though Rea got the upper hand on the exit and established a slight half a second lead.

Despite Davies’ best efforts, Rea fended him off to claim his second win of the day and moves 10 points clear of Redding, who was fourth having opted for a different front tyre to the one he ran in the first feature race.

Bautista was the only ride to go for the SCX Pirelli tyre, designed for the 10-lap sprint race, and once through to third was able to keep the leaders in sight.

The Spaniard crossed the line in third to tally up Honda’s first podium with the new Fireblade, having scored its previous best of fourth in the sprint race.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi worked his way up to complete the top five on the Go Eleven Ducati ahead of a fading van der Mark, while Leon Haslam on the sister Honda prevailed in a tight tussle of seventh ahead of Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu, the Kawasaki of Alex Lowes, GRT’s Garret Gerloff and Puccetti’s Xavi Fores.

The remaining points went to Tom Sykes (BMW), GRT’s Federico Caricasulo, the sister BMW of Eugene Laverty and Pedercini’s Max Schieb.

Loris Baz crashed out at Turn 15 on the fifth lap, while Roman Ramos and Marco Melandri also dropped out of the running. 

Aragon World Superbike: Race 2 results:

11 Jonathan ReaKawasaki 
27 Chaz DaviesDucati 1.280
319 Alvaro BautistaHonda 3.599
445 Scott ReddingDucati 5.445
521 Michael Ruben RinaldiDucati 6.687
660 Michael van der MarkYamaha 9.561
791 Leon HaslamHonda 20.911
854 Toprak RazgatliogluYamaha 21.248
922 Alex LowesKawasaki 21.399
1031 Garrett GerloffYamaha 21.717
1112 Xavi ForesKawasaki 21.809
1266 Tom SykesBMW 22.012
1364 Federico CaricasuloYamaha 25.244
1450 Eugene LavertyBMW 30.088
1577 Maximilian ScheibKawasaki 36.546
1620 Sylvain Barrier Ducati 49.074
1723 Christophe PonssonAprilia 55.511
1813 Takumi TakahashiHonda 1’00.754
1963 Lorenzo GabelliniHonda 1’35.650
 40 Roman RamosKawasaki 
 33 Marco MelandriDucati 
 76 Loris BazYamaha 
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