WSB: Opening laps hamper Davies in race two

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Chaz Davies has said not cutting through the pack as quick as his rivals in the early stages cost him the chance of fighting for a better result in Sunday’s second World Superbike race at Laguna Seca.

The Welshman, who bounced back from the injury he sustained at Misano to take victory in the opening race on Saturday, was forced to settle for third in the second race after struggling to get through the pack as quick as his Kawasaki rivals in the early stages.

While he admitted he was having grip issues on the first touch of the throttle, Davies isn’t sure this hampered his performance drastically.   

“It was a lonely but difficult race, I didn’t get the best of starts, it was OK, but the Kawasakis got better ones! He said.


“When we’re on the third row of the grid I don’t know what they do in the first few corners but they are gone and I’m in my own battle in sixth, seventh or eighth when they’re already at the front. We need to do something about that as it’s then difficult to recoup that time, but without making excuses I think Jonny rode a great race and sealed the victory from the early laps. Tom was there for the taking if the first laps were a bit cleaner, but we ran out of laps.

“Still, just to be on the podium given the difficulties of the last couple of weeks, especially with the victory on Saturday, makes it an amazing weekend.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing