Chaz Davies is celebrating his second World Superbike Championship podium of the season after a day of mixed fortunes saw luck turn back in his favour during the second race at the Moscow Raceway.
The ParkinGO Aprilia rider had been in fine form during free practice and provisional qualifying as he barely registered outside the top six, but an erroneous decision not to fit the soft tyre during the first phase of Superpole would leave him down in 13th position on the grid.
Despite this, Davies made swift gains up the order in race one, benefitting from accidents ahead of ascend to third place, before snatching second of factory Aprilia counterpart Eugene Laverty with eight laps remaining.
On course for a podium to add to his maiden rostrum finish at Motorland Aragon, even when he was forced to run off course by a collision with Leon Haslam, Davies's luck ran out two laps from the finish when a gearbox problem led to a terminal fall.
“We made a big mistake during Superpole, thinking we were safe without using the soft tyres,” he said. “We started from the 13th position on the grid so I was very busy at the beginning of the race. In the end I was very disappointed with the result but very happy with the pace I had.
“Even on a damp track we went very well. After the contact I managed stay up and I was going for the podium when I had a technical problem.”
Looking to make amends in race two, Davies's progress to the front was less swift on this occasion, though he was still set for a top six finish when Laverty and Jonathan Rea collided ahead of him on the final lap. With Carlos Checa
also delayed, Davies leapt from sixth to third in one bend, a position he would maintain to the chequered flag.
“In race two, things were a bit difficult at the start and I lost time to make some overtaking, but in the end I found myself in front and on the podium with the best.”
Davies's second podium of the season means he is just 12 points behind Sylvain Guintoli in the fight for eighth overall.