Second place for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team in Race 1 in Phillip Island with Chaz Davies

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The World Superbike Championship kicked off the 2016 season in a spectacular fashion in Phillip Island. After a hard-fought Superpole, with Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies in second (+0.078) and ninth (+0.697) position respectively, Race 1 was decided only in the final meters.

Thanks to a scorching start, Davies quickly recovered the gap and reconnected with his teammate Giugliano at the front. The two Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team riders then engaged in a tough yet fair battle with Jonathan Rea and Michael Vd Mark, consistently lapping in the high 1:31 mark and progressively pulling away from the group. After a brief, non-belligerent phase at half race distance, the four forced the pace further with five laps to go, with Davies right behind Rea and Giugliano quickly in tow, trying to recover the few tenths he lost due to a small mistake in turn 4.

During the last lap, Davies tried the definitive move on Rea with three corners to go, provisionally taking the lead but eventually being re-passed in the following direction change. The Welshman missed the victory by only 63 thousandths of a second. Giugliano, on the other hand, showed his characteristic grit but also an improved consistency, posting the best lap-time of the race in the final lap with a 1:31.445 and finishing in fourth position, less than two tenths of a second from the podium.

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