Chaz Davies was pleased with his double podium finish at Assen even though he had no answer for World Superbike championship leader Jonathan Rea.

Davies and his Ducati Panigale 1199 stayed with Rea for the majority of both races, with the Kawasaki's consistent pace on used tyres too much for the Welshman to overcome.

Content with his fourth consecutive podium finish, Davies was also happy to place inside the top three at Assen for the first time.

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"I'm very happy with today's results, also because it's the first time I've stepped up to the Assen podium in Superbike. I'm pleased because I know we did all we could today, Rea was just a little stronger."

Despite Pirelli's misgivings, Davies and team-mate Xavi Fores opted for the A-compound rear tyre for the first race. The Italian firm believed the rubber wouldn't be suited to cooler morning conditions but Davies said the rear wasn't his problem.

"In race 1, we were fairly confident with our rear tyre choice, having tested it over the weekend, but surprisingly my problem in race 1 was the front tyre - I had no grip at all in the last couple of laps and so there was no way of sticking with Johnny to the end.

In race 2 the bike and tyre were better, we definitely made a step forward but there was no catching Rea. Now I can't wait to head to Imola, Ducati's home circuit and a track where we were able to do well last year."

Davies now sits third in the championship standings, 67 points behind Rea.