WSB: Chaz ‘ I can win ti­tle’

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Chaz Davies made a set-up break­through on his Pani­gale dur­ing this year’s sum­mer break Du­cati test. Since then, he has taken vic­tory in all but one WSB race, round­ing out the 2016 sea­son with an in­cred­i­ble run of seven wins out of eight races.

“The whole pack­age was good at the end of the sea­son at ev­ery track we went to. I strug­gled in Qatar last year, but this year I was on the pace all week­end and took both race wins.

“I wasn’t aim­ing to be the rider with the most wins, but when things started go­ing our way to­wards the end of the sea­son they just kept com­ing! It’s a shame that the sec­ond race in Ger­many was wet as I think I could have had a clean sweep, eight out of eight af­ter the sum­mer break but it’s all if buts and maybes!”

Had it not been for his mid-sea­son in­con­sis­ten­cies, there is no doubt Davies could have fought Rea for the 2016 ti­tle. Now, he be­lieves he’s got the bike to a point where he doesn’t have to ride on the edge quite as a much.

“This year has been about con­sis­tency for Jonathan, that’s what got him the cham­pi­onship, a bad day for him is fin­ish­ing third! On the flip­side, that was our down­fall the last cou­ple of years, we have had mul­ti­ple zero point fin­ishes and when you’re rac­ing against some­one as con­sis­tent as that, it in­stantly puts you on the back foot.

How­ever, it won’t just be Rea that Davies has to fend off. With Honda’s new Fire­blade, an ever-im­prov­ing Yamaha and the re­turn of fac­tory Aprilia ma­chin­ery… it could be the clos­est cham­pi­onship clash in years.

‘I could have had a clean sweep, eight out of eight af­ter the sum­mer break’

If his end of sea­son form is any­thing to go by, Chaz could dom­i­nate 2017

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