Chaz Davies says he is thrilled to have come away with his first-ever World Superbike Championship podium at Motorland Aragon after producing an outstanding run to the third place in race two.
The Welshman has been in good form throughout the Spanish event, qualifying a season's best of eighth before getting stuck in with the chasing pack during race one, an effort that was rewarded with a fine fourth place finish, less than a second from Carlos Checa in third.
However, more was to come for the reigning World Supersport Champion as he launched a surprise bid for victory in race two, Davies recovering from a tardy start to bridge the two second gap to the leaders with five laps remaining with a series of excellent lap times.
Climbing as high as second, though Davies would be bumped back to fourth on the final lap as Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi surged forward, he fought back against the Biaggi to overtake him with two corners remaining and snatch a popular podium.
A breakthrough brace of results that lift both him and the MTC ParkinGO Aprilia team from 14th to 10th in the overall standings, Davies was thrilled to not only reach the rostrum, but to do it by taking the fight to some accomplished rivals.
"I have watched SBK since I was a kid and I have followed it as if it was my religion. Imagine how I feel now...!
"The Aprilias are very strong here but they don't get developed on their own. That's why I have to say that I am very happy with the results, rewarding the work of the team.
They have provided me a great bike and our job has been finally recognised.
"Now I have a good feeling with the bike, even with the aerodynamics that are not a question of being small or big. I'm a bit taller but my position on the seat allowed me to ride with no aerodynamic holes and this is important.
"Especially in race 2, when I was recovering I was only thinking to improve tenth by tenth. When I found myself there I tried to do my best. I even had the time to get mad at myself for a couple of mistakes done. When I reached the top three, I decided to fight without overreacting.
"I have to say that I respect Max Biaggi and all what he has done. I have chosen to fight with him but I always wanted to be clean, showing him the wheel and overtaking with no risks because his position on the world championship.
"Last year I was on his position and it was different for me, that's why I know a mistake could be very annoying.
As for the future I have no special goals. I'll fight weekend by weekend with the confidence that I can always do better.