Davies’ Spanish double keeps title dream alive


Gavin Grosvenor

CHAZ Davies completed another weekend double in Spain to go into the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) finale in Qatar with the title still up for grabs.

The Presteigne ace, racing for Ducati’s Aruba Racing team, has been in the form of his life since the summer break with his double victory in Jerez his fifth from six races, fourth consecutive race win and ninth of 2016 in total.

It means Davies heads to Losail in Qatar for the final round at the end of the month within striking distance of Kawsaki’s Tom Sykes who remains in second spot while championship leader Jon Rea is 60 points clear.

Davies set the tone in race one with his unequalled pace from sixth on the grid taking him to the front of the field with a fastest lap of 1:41.492 ensuring glory.

Davies was even more dominant in race two, winning by over five seconds with series leader Jon Rea and Skyes completing the podium in second and third.

Davies said: “To win four races in a row is just unreal. Lately I’ve been very confident and able to push 100 per cent every lap, just dancing on the bike.

“The key was to manage the grip, “ said Davies. “I was a little mindful at the start, because the hotter conditions made the track more slippery, but in the end I could see the gap building and then it was just a case of bringing it home.

“It’s unreal to have won both races. That’s four wins on the bounce and I think that is easily a new record for me. In the race itself I got an absolutely blinding start. It’s always a nice feeling when it feels like the other riders are going backwards and you are going forwards.”

“Since the summer break we have been flying and this is the result. Five out of six wins now, so hats off to the crew because it is thanks to them that we are now in this position, they never stopped working or rested on their laurels.

“They keep chipping away in Bologna so thanks to them, thanks to Aruba and thank you to Ducati.”

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