Davies and Ducati to reign in Spain


Gavin Grosvenor

CHAZ Davies leads Ducati to Spain this weekend for the penultimate round of the 2016 World Superbike Championship (WSBK).

The Presteigne rider arrives in Jerez in the form of his life with seven wins already under his belt this season while also boasting an enviable record of 10 podiums on the track, more than any other rider.

Ducati have won 32 WSBK races on the track, more than any other manufacturer while half of all WSBK races on Spanish soil have been won by the Italian team.

After scoring a spectacular double win in Magny-Cours earlier this month, Davies had targeted similar success in Spain to boost his hopes of securing a top two finish.

Davies has won three out of the last four races thanks to some set-up improvements that were verified during the WSBK summer break and boosted his confidence on the Panigale R.

The Welshman is now 33 points away from second position in the championship and confident of challenging Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes for his position 

Davies said: “We’ve been on a bit of a roll lately. Theoretically we’re still in the title fight, but we’re a long way behind and we have the luxury to be able to race with nothing to lose.

“Third place in the championship is pretty much guaranteed, but we want to do better than that. All we can do is carry on the recent good form, win races, and see where that takes us.

“Last year in Jerez we had a good pace and managed to win a race, and we’ve been fast there during the pre-season tests as well.

“We have good reasons to be confident, especially coming off a double win in Magny-Cours, which was slightly unexpected because that was maybe not the best track for our bike.”

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