WSB: Chaz ‘ I can win title’
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