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Brake issues halt ‘frustrated’ Davies
30 September 2013
Chaz Davies's hopes of building on his podium in the first World Superbike race of the weekend at Laguna Seca came to a premature end in race two after brake issues forced him to retire.
Fresh from a strong second place finish in the opening encounter, Davies believed he had the pace to go one better in the next encounter, but a slip in morning warm-up would force his BMW mechanics to replace the brake system on his S1000RR.
Once the race was underway, Davies would quickly discover problems with the new brake system, forcing him to pull into the pit lane and out of the race.
"It was very frustrating because the race looked like fun and for sure I would have been in the mix. The bike felt great so I think I would have certainly done my best and tried to win today. I think we would have had a good chance. With the bike, we had definitely made a step forward from yesterday but unfortunately we did not get to showcase it because we had an issue with the front brake system.
“After my crash in the warm-up, when I lost the front, we had to replace the brake system. During the sighting lap it felt like there is something not quite right with it, but on the warm-up lap and after the start it was fine. But then on the second or third lap, the issue came back.
“I basically had zero brakes and it was getting too dangerous so it was safer to stop. The guys will now check what caused the problem. Now we are heading to Magny-Cours, where my target is to again fight for wins and podiums."
Davies is fifth in the WSBK standings with two rounds remaining, 60 points behind team-mate Marco Melandri, but 79 points ahead of the absent Loris Baz.
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