CHAZ Davies heads to Imola and the fifth round of the World Superbike Championship this weekend.

The Racing – Ducati team star from Presteigne will look to rival team-mate Álvaro Bautista who has won 11 races already this season.

The Italian track holds fond memories for Davies with the 32 year old tasting victory four times in the past three years, including doubles in 2016 and 2017.

Out of 31 races held at Imola, Ducati riders have triumphed a total of 17 times and on seven occasions achieved double race wins.

Davies said: "I’m looking forward to Imola, it’s the home race for the Aruba team and for Ducati.

"We’ve had two quite good weekends in succession now, so hopefully we can put together the best of what we learned there and in testing to put on a good race.

"I’m quite optimistic, because I’m starting to have a good feeling now on the bike.

"Historically Imola’s been a good track for me, it suits me and my style but we can’t rely on that because we need to keep working on our weaknesses with the Panigale V4 R.

"The people here are always so enthusiastic and winning at Imola is like nowhere else so that’s the objective this weekend.”