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WSBK Assen: Technical issues leave Davies on back foot

27 April 2013

Chaz Davies's hopes of building on his double World Superbike Championship victory last time out at Motorland Aragon have been dealt a blow after technical issues in Superpole prevented him from getting out of SP1 at Assen.

The Welshman was hoping a strong qualifying performance would be a prelude another successful race day, but problems in the early stages of SP1 would consign him to the pit lane having completed only one fast lap.

Indeed, that lap wouldn't be good enough to get him through to SP2, with late advances from Max Neukirchner and Jules Cluzel dumping him down to 13th on the leaderboard as the chequered flag was deployed.

A particular frustration for Davies given the notorious difficulties of passing on the Dutch circuit, he is disappointed to be starting so far back.

“The free practice went well. We made a step forward with the bike so I was a little bit happier and we were continuing to make progress. But then unfortunately, in Superpole as soon as I left the pits I could feel that something wasn't quite right. I tried to do one quick lap but in the end it was not good enough to get me through to Superpole 2.

“I am not sure what the problem was, the guys are looking into it now. Obviously I am very disappointed because it is not easy to pass at Assen and it is going to be two very difficult races tomorrow.

“Starting so far back with my rivals in the front two rows, it is easy to lose some time in the first few laps so we need to make progress in the early part of the race. I think tomorrow we just have to try and get as many points as possible.”


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