Chaz Davies will start from the front row of the World Superbike Championship race for the first time at Motorland Aragon after putting in a career-best performance in only his second outing aboard the BMW S1000RR.
With the man himself regarding qualifying as 'always the weakest' part of his race weekend, Davies nonetheless has reason to be confident coming into Superpole having been a consistent top five contender in the build-up to the decisive qualifying session.
It was form he was able to replicate when it mattered as he cruised into SP3 and proceeded to break into the 1min 56secs bracket to assure himself of third on the grid.
His first front row start on the circuit where he claimed his maiden WSBK podium result a year ago, Davies was not only thrilled with the result, but also the evident progress he has made since joining the factory BMW team.
“I am really happy, it was a good step forward,” he said. “It is my first front row in World Superbikes – last year I barely managed to get on the second row never mind the front row! Qualifying has always been the weakest part of my weekend. I think people underestimate what it takes to learn a superbike and the difference it makes when you come back to a circuit after having the experience of racing here last year.
“The front row feels great actually. It is the result of the work that BMW have done over the last month since Australia. In addition, I am getting used to my RR. I am very happy but I have to remember that tomorrow is the most important bit which I am looking forward to.
“The plan is to get a good start and then see if I can match the best rhythm. The race pace, as we have seen in free practice, is not too bad although I think we can improve a little bit. The bike seemed a little bit better in qualifying so we will use that data for tomorrow's work on race pace.”