Davies delivers on a track that doesn’t suit
After a first race where a rear tyre issue ruined what was already becoming a less-than-promising weekend for Aruba Ducati rider Chaz Davies, salvation of his championship hopes came along in the shape of a new engine, and a tyre that behaved itself for all 20 laps of race two.
“The rear tyre today was a different world,” said Davies who was fourth, but nearly 18 seconds back from the win in Saturday’s race. “Today we made two fundamental changes to the bike. One was changing the rear tyre, and the other was another critical change.” He finally admitted that this change was indeed a completely new engine.
To go from despair at his seemingly negative fate against the new Kawasakis he was the only rider to challenge them in race two, finishing just 0.314 from Sykes.
“It was a big gap to the Kawasaki guys in race one, they have brought this new bike and it is seemingly good. It is fast, and this is a horsepower track. This track is so ‘point and shoot’ and I consider it one of our worst. I don’t think it suits me particularly it definitely doesn’t suit the bike so to be on their back wheel in race two is acceptable. There will be something new for Aragon.”
That something new should be an
even more potent Panigale engine and it will arrive in time for the race on April 3 – a track where Davies has excelled in the past.