Race two Sunday at Motorland Aragon World Superbike was a history maker – not so much due to the results, but because it was the 700th World SBK (the first was April 3, 1988, at Donington Park in the UK).A replica of Saturday’s Aragon WSBK race one, perfect riding conditions greeted the 25-rider grid at the 3.1-mile circuit containing 17 miles. And just as in Saturday’s race, one particular Aruba. it Racing Ducati 1199R pilot dominated – Chaz Davies.
The Welshman won Saturday ahead of Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, respectively, and was joined on the podium Sunday by the same two ZX-10R Ninja riders. But this time it was Sykes who finished second, and Rea third.When the 18-lap race was complete, Davies crossed the finish line 6.471 seconds ahead of Sykes; Rea finished a further 9.161 seconds back.With his 2016 Aragon World SBK double win, Davies now has five wins at the Spanish circuit. This makes him the most successful rider at Aragon, which joined the WSBK schedule in 2011.With his wins, Davies has now jumped from fourth to second in points; he is 26 points behind Rea, who has 131 after six podiums, which includes three wins.Speaking after race two, Chaz Davies says “This weekend feels like a dream. The bike was competitive from the get-go, and we only made small tweaks. The technical upgrades brought here have given us what we needed. In Thailand I could only stay in the slipstream, while here I’ve been able to pass my opponents also on the straight.“In Assen, however, we will start from scratch. The season has just begun, and things can change quite quickly, but I’m really happy with our overall package. It’s my third year with Ducati, and I witnessed a constant growth. Now the list of things to improve is really short, and I want to thank everybody in the team and the factory for the amount of work put in.”Sykes got to turn one followed by Rea, Davies, and the Yamaha World SBK duo of Sylvain Giuntoli and Alexx Lowes.Before lap one was complete, Davies was on the prowl, and made quick work of Rea to jump into second. From there, he hunted down Sykes, and passed him on the final turn of the opening lap.Davies immediately opened up a gap, as Sykes and Rea battled for the remainder of the race, though the 2013 SBK Champ was able to take second from Rea.Barni Racing Team Ducati’s Xavi Fores impressed once again, finishing in a lonely fourth 11.4 seconds behind Davies. Fifth went to Althea BMW Racing Team’s Jordi Torres, who was able to hold off Davies’ teammate Davide Giugliano.Rounding out the top 10 were Honda World Superbike Team’s Michal van der Mark, who crashed out of race one; IodaRacing Team Aprilia’s Alex de Angelis; and the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK team of Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli, respectively.Unfortunately, the sole American in 2016 World Superbike – Honda World Superbike Team’s Nicky Hayden – suffered his second DNF of the season due to technical issues. Hayden finished race one at Aragon SBK in sixth, and is currently eighth in points after three of 14 rounds in his first season of World Superbike, 90 points behind Rea.The 2016 World SBK Championship now breaks for two weeks ahead of round four at the TT Assen Circuit in the Netherlands.
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Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.