Chaz Davies says he can take satisfaction from his ride to fourth position in his first World Superbike Championship race for BMW at Phillip Island, even if he felt he had a bike capable of challenging for the podium.
The Welshman turned around a troubled Superpole to haul himself into contention from 12th position on the grid, but while he was able to prevail in a race-long tussle with Tom Sykes and Loris Baz to finish in fourth, he was frustrated to fall short of the podium.
“After race one, I was happy with the points I received for my fourth position finish, but honestly I would have liked to have a podium,” he said. “I knew after warm-up that a podium was realistic. I was almost a little bit disappointed when I didn't get it, despite the fact that I achieved far more than I expected before I started the weekend here.
“The race was quite hectic. To overtake in Phillip Island you need to make a split second decision and there are a lot of close moves, especially ones that use the brakes. The bike was working great on the brakes, so that was an advantage. It was a little bit of a shame that I was held up in the very beginning. I think if I could have stayed directly behind the leading group I would have had the speed to move away with them.”
Davies's second race, meanwhile, would come to an abrupt conclusion on the opening lap when he lost the rear of the S1000RR into MG hairpin and came into contact with Baz. Despite remounting and pitting for a new rear tyre, Davies would finish two laps down and out of the points.
“In the opening lap of race two I lost the rear as I turned in. I'm not exactly sure why. The only reason I can give is either that somebody tapped me or that the extreme right hand side of the tyre wasn't quite scrubbed in and that made the rear spin around.
“Unfortunately, Loris was on the outside of me and he had nowhere to go. Of course that was very disappointing but we are mostly taking the positives from the first race and will build on those for the future rounds.”