Davies de­liv­ers on a track that doesn’t suit

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Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

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.

Rea con­grat­u­lates team-mate Sykes on his win but crit­i­cised his meth­ods Sykes (66) was able to pass and hold off team­mate Rea late into race two to take the win. Du­cati’s Davies fin­ished third just 0.314 be­hind Alex Lowes Syl­vain Guin­toli 81,346 Jule

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