Du­cati man goes big in Spain to ruf­fle the green cor­ner and move to sec­ond in the

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - AT ARAGON WSB RE­PORTER

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

the mix’


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.”

Sources say the new ex­haust has re­leased 5bhp When you’ve just bossed both races you’re en­ti­tled to a de­cent stand-up wheelie

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