Chaz Davies has admitted the first visit to Sepang for the sixth round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship could prove difficult for his Ducati team as it contends with its predicted horsepower-dependent layout.

The WSBK series' first visit to Malaysia for more than two decades - and a first-ever visit to the Sepang International Circuit - the jaunt to south-east Asia marks a return for Davies having raced there during his GP racing days.

However, the Welshman doesn't expect that prior knowledge to give him an advantage when the event gets underway and while he believes the flowing nature of Sepang will suit the 1199 Panigale in parts, he admits the long straights may prove detrimental.

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"I've raced at Sepang before, five times I think, most recently in 2007," he said. "I remember it being hot and the track not having a lot of grip in the heat. I have good circuit knowledge, but it all changes when you got there on a new bike, new tyres, so there's a lot more learning involved than perhaps people might think.

"The temperature will play a big part. It's a horsepower based track where the excessive heat saps some of the horsepower available. So it won't be easy for us. Having said that, there are also a few flowing sections where the Panigale could come into its own."

Team-mate Davide Giugliano, meanwhile, comes to Sepang for the first time anticipating 'difficulties' in terms of adapting to the weather, which is notoriously hot and wet at this time of year.

"I've only seen the track on the Playstation, that's about all I know of it but it looks great on the screen! The fact that very few riders have recent experience of the Sepang track means that we are all more or less starting from scratch, with no real data.

"It will be a new challenge for both me and my team and we will need to work hard to get the bike set-up for the track. I expect the weekend to be difficult in terms of the weather conditions and I'll need to try and adapt to that but we're ready to work hard - it will be an exciting new experience."