After a great Race 1 at the WSBK Buriram circuit, Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured a strong finish in Race 2, in hot conditions at the Chang International Circuit, following up his opening day win with a battling fourth place despite experiencing issues under braking.

The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team climbed back to the top step of the podium at Buriram (Thailand) with Chaz Davies, who sealed a brilliant win in Race 2 starting from the third row. The Welshman, who took the lead during lap 7 and progressively broke away from the field, thus claimed the first victory of 2018 and the 28th of his career. A particularly significant win – coupled with the fastest lap of the race in 1:33.627 – since it came on a historically difficult track.

Jonathan Rea

Kawasaki Racing – 1st – Race 1

“I think my problem today must have been a similar problem to Tom yesterday. It is what it is. After a very difficult Phillip Island we can go away from here with a first and a fourth, and leading the championship, so it was not a disaster. I am frustrated but with a smile on my face because at least the bike was good and this is the worst track for brakes. Everyone is pushing really hard so when the going gets tough the tough get going. I felt like today I could have fought for the win again, but it is what it is.”

Jonathan Rea - Buriram - WSBK 2018
Jonathan Rea – Buriram – WSBK 2018

Chaz Davies

Aruba.it Racing – Ducati – 1st – Race 2

“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.”

Chaz Davies - Buriram - WSBK 2018
Chaz Davies – Buriram – WSBK 2018