New Factory Ducati Superbike rider Chaz Davies opened his 2014 track activities with four days of testing at Portimao.

Sharing the circuit with his main rivals, the Welshman was credited with the sixth fastest unofficial time, just 0.2s behind team-mate Davide Giugliano and 0.7s from fastest man Alex Lowes (Suzuki).

However poor weather blighted much of the test, leaving Davies and Giugliano to cram in much of the newly-formed factory squad's Panigale development programme - including the 2014 Ohlins fork and shock - during Monday's final day.

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"Despite the slow start, we were able to get a lot done and overall it's been a positive test, although I can't help but wish we'd had more dry time. Out of the four days we were only really able to get down to work in the dry [on Monday]," said Davies, learning his third different Superbike in as many seasons.

"It was important to test the various development pieces and understand how each one works, rather than finding a general set-up with which to make a fast time. It would have been nice to be able to up the pace, but unfortunately we ran out of time.

"Anyway we will take what we have learned here in Portugal and move on to the next tests in Phillip Island."

"The rain over the last three days limited us greatly, cutting into the time we had to test the many components that we had with us in Portimao," confirmed Ducati SBK project director Ernesto Marinelli. "We nevertheless managed to complete most of the scheduled work and feedback has been positive.

"Chaz and Davide are working very well and they are providing precise and important data with which to improve the performance of our bike. I'm more than satisfied with the new setting for 2014 which was at 100% during these tests.

"The return of Feel Racing personnel was a bit like a homecoming. Together with [team manager] Serafino Foti we have created a united, tight group and this is fundamental as we prepare for a season that will surely require all of our energies."

As indicated, while Kawasaki, Pata Honda and Team Pedercini have a further European test planned for Jerez early next month, Ducati's next outing will be the official test at Phillip Island on February 17-18 - just before the season opening race.