DAVIES LOOKS TO CATCH REA AF­TER SUC­CESS­FUL TEST

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Chaz Davies could not hide his sat­is­fac­tion fol­low­ing a one-day test at Aragon af­ter the race at the Span­ish cir­cuit last week where he crashed out of race one be­fore win­ning race two.

Hav­ing ex­pressed his con­cern to MCN prior to the race week­end about the pace of de­vel­op­ment within his Ducati team com­pared to his main Kawasaki ri­val Jonathan Rea, Davies was clearly im­pressed by the work done in the lat­est test.

He said: ‘We had a lot of test items to work through, we’ve ticked them all off and I’m pleased with them all.”

Up­grades in­cluded a new swingarm along with sus­pen­sion and elec­tronic changes. Davies sits sec­ond in the world cham­pi­onship stand­ings, 50 points be­hind Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea af­ter the open­ing three rounds, but hopes to close the gap when rac­ing re­sumes at Assen on April 28-30. Other test high­lights in­cluded: O Tom Sykes was fastest with an im­pres­sive 1m 49.368s best with team­mate Rea sec­ond and Davies third. O Mil­wau­kee Aprilia rider Eu­gene Laverty bounced back from a tough race week­end to fin­ish the test fifth fastest and he said he was pleased with im­prove­ments on his RSV4. O Ital­ian Marco Me­landri com­pleted just three laps be­fore a heavy crash at turn two. He hurt his neck and was forced to sit out the re­main­der of the test.

Davies tested loads of new things at re­cent Aragon test

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