DAVIES STAMPS AU­THOR­ITY AHEAD OF 2017

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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

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