Chaz Davies tallied up his second double victory of the season after winning the second race of the German World Superbike round from ninth on the grid.

After winning Saturday’s encounter in dominant fashion, Davies was forced to fight hard in the opening stages on Sunday from the third row of the grid.

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His Ducati team-mate Marco Melandri made the most of his pole position to take the lead at the start, while championship leader Jonathan Rea carved his way through from eighth to fourth on lap one.

Rea had scythed past Milwaukee Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori and Barni Ducati’s Xavi Fores by the end of lap two, and made a move for the lead stick into Turn 10 on the fifth tour.

Davies followed the Kawasaki rider through on Melandri three laps later with a hard move on the inside of Turn 9, and jammed his Panigale up the inside of Turn 4 a lap later to take the lead away from Rea.

Much like he did in race one, Davies steadily opened up his advantage to close to a second over the next handful of laps, the Welshman moving two seconds clear in the final laps as a few spots of rain began to fall.

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Rea took the chequered flag in second to increase his championship lead to 70 points, while Melandri crossed the line two seconds adrift to complete the podium.

Tom Sykes got mired in the mid pack scrap for fourth for much of the race, the Kawasaki rider finally moving to the front of that battle at the start of lap 14. Sykes ended the race almost 10 seconds back from the win in fourth.

Alex Lowes made a poor getaway from third on the grid, but recovered well to snatch fifth away from Leon Camier on the run to the line, while Savadori slid to seventh at the chequered flag.

Jordi Torres eventually got the better of former team-mate Markus Reiterberger for eighth, with Fores completing the top 10 ahead of Michael van der Mark and Leandro Mercado.

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Stefan Bradl was declared fit to ride today after missing Saturday’s race through injury. The Honda rider managed to salvage a few points from his home round in 13th, with Roman Ramos and Raffele De Rosa completing the points paying positions.

Eugene Laverty was set for a strong result this afternoon before crashing at Turn 6. Randy Krummenacher, Riccardo Russo and Pawel Szkopek also slid into retirement.

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