Laguna Seca WSBK: Davies beats Rea in Race 2, Bautista retires

Lewis Duncan

at bay in the early stages before easing into the distance to seal his first win aboard the new V4 R Panigale.

Winless since last year's Aragon round, Davies squeezed through on poleman Rea at Turn 1 and held onto the position at the Andretti hairpin, with Puccetti's moving up to third.

by the end of the opening tour.

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However, the his race would last just a handful more corners before a technical issue with his Ducati forced him into pitlane at the end of lap two to complete a clean-sweep of non-finishes in America.

Rea ran Davies close in the opening laps, keeping his advantage at under a second. But by lap seven, the Ducati rider slowly started to extend his lead.

Davies continued to open up the gulf between himself and Rea to over three seconds to cruise to the chequered flag.

Rea consolidated second place to extend his championship lead to 81 points over Bautista heading into the seven-week summer break.

Razgatlioglu finished a distant third, securing his sixth podium of the season, with Yamaha's (BMW) in fourth.

hounded Sykes in the closing stages after the BMW rider made a mistake exiting Turn 6, which allowed Lowes through, but could do nothing to usurp him and was sixth.

Ten Kate's completed the top 10.

As well as Bautista, was forced into retirement on lap five when his works Yamaha encountered a mechanical problem.

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap Interval
1 United Kingdom Chaz Davies
Ducati 25 35'05.513
2 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea
Kawasaki 25 35'08.846 3.333 3.333
3 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu
Kawasaki 25 35'17.171 11.658 8.325
4 United Kingdom Alex Lowes
Yamaha 25 35'21.772 16.259 4.601
5 United Kingdom Tom Sykes
BMW 25 35'22.336 16.823 0.564
6 United Kingdom Leon Haslam
Kawasaki 25 35'24.962 19.449 2.626
7 France Loris Baz
Yamaha 25 35'29.150 23.637 4.188
8 Spain Jordi Torres
Kawasaki 25 35'30.085 24.572 0.935
9 Italy Marco Melandri
Yamaha 25 35'31.432 25.919 1.347
10 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi
Ducati 25 35'36.255 30.742 4.823
11 Argentina Leandro Mercado
Kawasaki 25 35'37.690 32.177 1.435
12 Ireland Eugene Laverty
Ducati 25 35'44.021 38.508 6.331
13 Germany Markus Reiterberger
BMW 25 35'47.375 41.862 3.354
14 Germany Sandro Cortese
Yamaha 25 35'47.502 41.989 0.127
15 Japan Ryuichi Kiyonari
Honda 25 36'00.996 55.483 13.494
16 United States JD Beach
Yamaha 25 36'05.898 1'00.385 4.902
17 Italy Alessandro Del Bianco
Honda 25 36'18.486 1'12.973 12.588
Netherlands Michael van der Mark
Yamaha 3 22 laps
Spain Alvaro Bautista
Ducati 1 24 laps
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