Chaz Davies has taken his seventh win of the 2017 World Superbike season while the freshly-crowned champion Jonathan Rea was forced to retire early due to a broken rear brake caused by a collision with Eugene Laverty’s Milwaukee Aprilia.
Davies and Rea made strong progress from the start but at the end of lap one Laverty high-sided off in front of the three-time world champion.
The Northern Irish rider suffered a glancing blow with Laverty’s Aprilia machine which damaged the rear of his Kawasaki, while also giving him a bash on his right foot, and Rea was forced to pit and eventually retire.
With the champion missing out on the podium for just the second race in 2017, Davies profited by storming into the lead past Alex Lowes on lap three. Davies quickly built a lead while Lowes battled for position with Leon Camier, only for the MV Agusta rider to be forced out with a mechanical issue on lap nine, which lined up a Pata Yamaha second and third with Michael van der Mark completing the podium.
Davies controlled the pace at the front despite light rain to win by three seconds from Lowes with van der Mark third while Xavi Fores grabbed an impressive fourth place for Barni Ducati.
Marco Melandri won a race-long battle with IodaRacing Aprilia’s Leandro Mercado to take fifth place, after Lorenzo Savadori was forced to retire from fifth with a technical issue on his Milwaukee Aprilia on the final lap, as Tom Sykes was promoted to seventh place to seal the manufacturers world title for Kawasaki.
Jordi Torres rescued a tough French round for Althea BMW in eighth place ahead of Team Go Eleven Kawasaki’s Roman Ramos as Raffaele De Rosa completed the top ten finishers.
There was another double points finish for Red Bull Honda with Davide Giugliano 11th and Jake Gagne 12th as Anthony West, Ayrton Badovini and Riccardo Russo rounded out the points places.
World Superbike race two results at Magny-Cours:
1. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R 21 laps
2. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 +3.006s
3. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Yamaha YZF-R1 +4.556s
4. Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati Panigale R +11.072s
5. Marco Melandri ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R +16.381s
6. Leandro Mercado ARG IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 +17.684s
7. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR +22.717s
8. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW S1000RR +23.920s
9. Roman Ramos ESP Team Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10RR +25.431s
10. Raffaele De Rosa ITA Althea BMW S1000RR +35.227s
11. Davide Giugliano ITA Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 +45.621s
12. Jake Gagne USA Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 +47.231s
13. Alessandro Andreozzi ITA Guandalini Yamaha YZF-R1 +52.076s
14. Anthony West AUS Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-10RR +53.903s
15. Ayrton Badovini ITA Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10RR 59.610s
16. Riccardo Russo ITA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10RR +59.706s
17. Lorenzo Savadori ITA Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 +1 lap
18. Eugene Laverty IRE Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 +1 lap
19. Ondrej Jezek CZE Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10RR +2 laps
Did not finish
Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR
Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR
Did not start
Matthieu Lussiana FRA Team ASPI BMW S1000RR