DAVIES STAMPS AUTHORITY AHEAD OF 2017
Chaz Davies has won every race but one since World Superbikes returned from its two-month summer break. The Welshman won 11 races this season to Jonathan Rea’s nine, and with seven of Davies’ victories coming in the latter end of the season, he has staked an early claim on the 2017 title.
Had it not been for a number of mid-season inconsistencies, including three DNFS from five races, the 2016 title fight could have been much more interesting.
The secret to Davies’ step forward ahead of the German round in September is said to have been discovered in testing during the summer break – something Rea and Sykes’ Kawasaki team opted against. The development gave Davies a much improved feel from the Panigale, with Davies saying it felt like ‘his bike’ again.
“Seven victories in the last eight races, it’s hard to beat that!” he said after the second race. “Unfortunately, we’ve won the most races this season, had the most fastest laps and led more laps than anyone else but we didn’t get the big trophy at the end.
“We had too many inconsistencies in the middle of the season and that cost us. Last year, Qatar was tough for us but the results this year show just how much we’ve turned things around. The bike was flying, we’ve got the speed in the straights and it’s handling well too. It’s a shame to miss out on second in the championship in that way, but hey, that’s racing.
“The developments made through the summer break allowed me to be the fastest man until the end of the season and now we will keep that momentum going through winter.”
‘Seven victories in the last eight races, it’s hard to beat that!’ CHAZ DAVIES