Ducati man goes big in Spain to ruffle the green corner and move to second in the
Factory Ducati man Chaz Davies broke Kawasaki’s WSB stranglehold with a dominant double win at Aragon. Davies used his sublime understanding of the Spanish track, along with a seriously upgraded Ducati, to demote the Kawasaki pairing from the top step of the podium.
Having overtaken both Kawasaki men in the races through a combination of accurate and totally committed passes, Davies’ margin of victory was huge. Once he’d dispensed with his Kawasaki rivals, the Welshman dominated proceedings cementing a 4.168-second lead from Rea in race one and he beat Sykes by 6.471 seconds in race two.
“I thought the gap would be a bit closer over the last laps so I was really focused on not hammering the rear tyre in the early part of the race,” said Davies. “Thankfully I made a little bit of a better start in race two and a cleaner first few corners, so I was with Tom more or less from the off.”
Davies’ Midas touch at Aragon has seen him win five of his now 11 career race wins in WSB at the Spanish track. First with BMW and then moving on to give the Ducati Panigale its first ever win in 2015.
But even as he soaked up the applause and adoration in parc ferme, Davies doubted that he’d be able to do the double. Despite his Aragon track record, pace in qualifying and even his commanding race one win, the 29-year-old maintained that completing the double in a WSB weekend is never a foregone conclusion.
He said: “No, 100%! I never think like that, I never allow myself to think like that. You cannot rest on anything, just concentrate on the job.”
Davies’ already stunning 1199 arrived in Aragon with new Akrapovic asymmetric exhausts along with ongoing electronics advances.
“The upgrades we have here have helped the top end a little bit,” confirmed Davies. “They keep me in the mix. So now I’m not just about sitting in the slipstream or in some cases dropping back, I’ve got the power to pull alongside and actually pass. So that is a good job by the team and Ducati.”
‘ The upgrades have helped the top end. They keep me in
made two great results for Barni Racing without the new exhausts. We can say clearly there is a winning base for the Panigale and now it is the talent of the rider and the work you do at race weekends that brings the bike to the very top.
“When I rode the Panigale we lost some horsepower - and some of the horsepower we had was ill! We made the chassis better but with the extra power they have now, they can compete for wins.”