Davies happy with points despite slip


Gavin Grosvenor

CHAZ Davies insisted his World Superbike Championship (WSBK) title bid remained on course despite a difficult weekend in Thailand.

The Presteigne ace went into the second round of the WSBK championship on the back of two second place finishes in Australia in the opening round last month.

Davies completed a hat-trick of second place finishes behind championship leader Jonathan Rea in race one but suffered an early fall on race two.

The Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider remounted his Panigale R and rejoined the race anmd stormed through the rankings from 19th to sixth in a race which included a red flag stoppage.

However Kawasaki rider Rea completed a fourth straight win it to stretch his lead at the top of championship to 30 points ahead of the third round in Spain next month.

Despite the deficit Davies remained and highlighted his current points haul was 15 more than at the same stage of the 2016 season while his thrilling fightback following his early spill had underlined his credentials this year.

Davies said: “The the first part of race two everything felt good and then I had a misjudgment behind Marco Melandri. We braked in roughly the same place but he managed to stop the bike quite a lot in one particular area while I went to the outside to avoid going near him and my rear locked.

“I was a bit wide at that point as I couldn’t turn it with the rear and it it just span around on me. I was very lucky to see the red flag after that and it definitely helped to get me another bite of the cherry.

“Due to damage we had to change some parts for safety and we had a problem with the throttle not being calibrated with the electronics so what I was doing with my hands, the bike was making its own mind up what it wanted to do.

“I couldn’t do anything about the guys in front, I was sitting in the group and it was a bit of a disaster really but to salvage sixth out of an eventful afternoon is not the worst.

“Finishing sixth is a salvage after the crash, but we could have been close to the podium at the restart.

“However it’s important to remember how badly I have come out of these first two races in the last couple of years. I didn’t help myself in Thailand but we are closer than ever and we have to take that as a positive.”

“We also have many more points than after two rounds last year, and now we’ll go to more favourable tracks. The championship is long.”

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