Chaz Davies says he cannot wait to go racing again as he prepares to make his debut as a BMW factory rider at Phillip Island.
Heading into his second season of World Superbike competition after making the move from Aprilia to BMW machinery over the winter, Davies has been making steady progress aboard the GoldBet-backed S1000RR, but admits there is still more to come.
Setting the 12th fastest after two days of official testing at the Australian circuit, Davies insists he is prepared for the upcoming season opener.
“The change of weather conditions over the past two days did not make life easy for us. I was reasonably happy with the direction we were going with the high temperatures yesterday but then today seems to have changed everything.
“In the cooler conditions of day two, I had some issues with vibrations that I did not have in the heat. We will have a look over the data and try to improve it and to understand how the bike is working in such conditions. In general we are quite well prepared and over the next two days we will analyse what we have done in testing and try to put something together.”
“Phillip Island is always a challenge not only because the race track is extremely fast but it is the first race of the year and after the winter break it feels like you are going at 500 km/h into the first corner. It is a really challenging, but great circuit. I am really looking forward to racing again; it has been quite a while now.”
Davies missed last year's races at Phillip Island after injuring his wrist in an accident during free practice.