Estoril WSBK: Davies leads Ducati 1-2 in season finale

Rachit Thukral
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While polesitter Toprak Razgatlioglu got the best launch off the line, Davies managed to pass him into Turn 1 to take an early lead.

The two were quickly joined by the Kawasaki of Jonathan Rea, who had jumped Michael van der Mark at the start before capitalising on a crash for GRT Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff to move up to third.

After bringing the gap to under a second, Rea slipped past Razgatlioglu at Turn 1 on lap 8, only for the Turkish rider to immediately repass him. The six-time championship made another attempt at passing Razgatlioglu on the same tour, but clattered into the back of the Yamaha and fell on the ground.

Rea managed to remount on his Kawasaki but could only rejoin the race in 16th, giving Davies a clear run to the finish, the British rider scoring his second victory of the season to end his seven-year stint with Ducati on a high.

While Rea missed out on a 100th career win in WSBK, the 14th place finish he eventually managed helped Kawasaki beat Ducati by a single point in the manufacturers’ championship.

Meanwhile, Scott Redding passed Razgatlioglu three laps from the flag to finish second, while van der Mark recovered from a sluggish start to take fourth.

Honda’s Alvaro Bautista made it three different manufacturers in the top five, while Go Eleven Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi was the highest rider on a satellite bike in sixth, having secured the independent riders’ title in the Superpole race earlier on Sunday.

Leon Haslam was classified seventh for Honda, while Xavi Fores equalled his best result of the year with eighth on the Puccetti Kawasaki.

Federico Caricasulo was ninth on the sole surviving GRT Yamaha bike, while BMW’s Tom Sykes rounded out the top 10 finishers ahead of wildcard Jonas Folger (MGM Yamaha) and teammate Eugene Laverty.

Race results:

1

7

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Chaz Davies

Ducati

21

2

45

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Scott Redding

Ducati

21

1.951

3

54

Turkey
Turkey

Toprak Razgatlioglu

Yamaha

21

2.556

4

60

Netherlands
Netherlands

Michael van der Mark

Yamaha

21

10.423

5

19

Spain
Spain

Alvaro Bautista

Honda

21

15.473

6

21

Italy
Italy

Michael Ruben Rinaldi

Ducati

21

20.277

7

91

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Leon Haslam

Honda

21

21.074

8

12

Spain
Spain

Xavi Fores

Kawasaki

21

21.291

9

64

Italy
Italy

Federico Caricasulo

Yamaha

21

22.427

10

66

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Tom Sykes

BMW

21

25.168

11

94

Germany
Germany

Jonas Folger

Yamaha

21

26.945

12

50

Ireland
Ireland

Eugene Laverty

BMW

21

28.511

13

36

Argentina
Argentina

Leandro Mercado

Ducati

21

32.281

14

1

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jonathan Rea

Kawasaki

21

38.800

15

71

Italy
Italy

Matteo Ferrari

Ducati

21

46.083

16

51

Brazil
Brazil

Eric Granado

Honda

21

47.000

17

13

Japan
Japan

Takumi Takahashi

Honda

21

47.295

18

32

South Africa
South Africa

Sheridan Morais

Kawasaki

21

1'01.053

19

84

Belgium
Belgium

Loris Cresson

Kawasaki

21

1'31.338

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alex Lowes

Kawasaki

15

76

France
France

Loris Baz

Yamaha

14

31

United States
United States

Garrett Gerloff

Yamaha

2

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