WSBK – Davies takes first 2018 win at Thailand

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    Welshman Chaz Davies took his first win of the season – his first victory at the Chang International Circuit – in Race Two from Thailand after charging through the field to take the lead on lap eight.

    Davies said: ”It was a fantastic race, something special. To come away with a win here makes me so happy. At Buriram we've always struggled in the past, it's been a long process to get into a race winning position. I want to thank the whole team because they've given me such a great bike today. The Panigale R was working really well, we found a little bit more consistency and I could be more adaptable with the bike. It was quite hectic out there but, if you can get through it OK, it's so much fun. Our package is competitive and in Europe it will be like starting from zero. I'm looking forward to Aragon."

    Yamaha riders Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes finished second and third respectively, with reigning champion Jonathan Rea finishing outside the rostrum places in Thailand for the first time since the event was added to the calendar in 2015, coming home almost three seconds behind Lowes in fourth.

    Rea, who claimed his maiden win of the season in Race One, has now taken over the lead of the championship by two points from Phillip Island double winner Marco Melandri, who followed up his eighth place on Saturday with a seventh place finish in race two. Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Ducati) and Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda) rounded out the top six.
     

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