Davies bids to take second in WSBK


Gavin Grosvenor

CHAZ Davies has ruled out winning the 2016 World Superbike Championship which concludes with the final round at Losail in Qatar this weekend.

The Presteigne ace has trimmed the lead of defending champion and Kawasaki rider Jon Rea following an excellent run of results during the second half of the season but insisted second place in the championship was his aim.

Currently 19 points adrift of Tom Skyes of Kawasaki, Davies goes into the night race with confidence having won five of the last six WSBK races, including back to back double wins in Magny Cours and Jerez

Davies said: “It’s the last race of the  year, but in some ways I wish the season had just started, given that we obtained such good results lately. 

“We were a bit late to the party, but we  only do what we’ve been doing in the last few races, and then do the maths.

“Last year, in Qatar, we managed to be quite competitive and took a second place, which was OK. We got  some more horsepower now, which should help us in the long straight.

“Racing at night is always something different and fun. We need to bridge a 19-point gap from second place in the championship, and I believe there will be more riders in the mix.

“History shows anything can happen in racing, so why not?” 

Davies’ second place in race two in Qatar 12 months ago represents his best result at Losail as he looks to take the dominant form into the final round to give Ducati its first win in Qatar since Troy Bayliss claimed victory in race one in 2008.

Rival Tom Skyes added: “I am relaxed and looking forward to the races. 

“My ideal scenario is winning at least one of them. I feel we can go there and fight for the wins.”

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