Chaz Davies had plenty to cheer at Phillip Island as the Welshman finally clinched his first rostrum finishes at the legendary Australian venue with a brace of thirds on the Aurba.it Ducati.

Davies was in the frame for victory in each of the 22-lap races on the Panigale but just came up short on the final laps against Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam on the Aprilia, who took a victory and runner-up finish apiece.

However, Davies - who ensured a clean sweep of the rostrum places by British riders behind the pair - had few complaints after a huge points haul at round one of the championship.

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"I'm finally on the podium at Phillip Island, and twice over; having tried every year to get here, I've finally done it," he said.

"I would have liked to be able to do something more but it wasn't possible, I was just missing a little more drive in the final laps and tried to conserve the tyres as well as I could.

"I personally have always started the championship a little badly and so this result is extremely important. It confirms that we are starting at a different level with respect to last year, and I was able to stick there with Rea fairly comfortably," Davies added.

"We've worked hard this weekend, concentrated on race distance, and it seems to have paid off. I thank my whole team but also all of the technicians back at Borgo Panigale for their hard work over the winter. The results obtained here are a good base on which to build."