Chaz Davies feels he made significant strides during this week's two-day test at Jerez, the Welshman suggesting he has developed a greater affinity with both his BMW GoldBet Italia machine and his new team.
Davies, a race winner in his debut World Superbike season aboard the privateer ParkinGO MTC Aprilia in 2012, made his BMW debut during tests at Aragon and Jerez in November, but his best laps at the latter circuit would put him some two seconds behind team-mate Marco Melandri.
Returning to the circuit for the year's first unofficial pre-season tests, Davies concluded the sole dry day of track time with a 1min 41.727secs, less than a second slower than the Italian.
Furthermore, with Davies insisting he still understanding his S1000RR, rather than pushing it for fast lap times, he says he is pleased with the step forward he has made since the last test.
“I am very happy. Since the last test back in November we made really good progress. I am starting to get a really good feeling for the bike. I did not go to the limit so it is good to see that the lap times were not too bad. I am very happy about that.
“The guys did a great job over winter and have made many improvements to the bike. Also within in the crew we get not know each other better and better. So everything is going in the right direction. For sure, I still need more time and laps on the bike but we will do more testing in Australia and continue the progression.”
Davies now heads to Australia for the official pre-season test, set to be held on 18/19 February.