Twelve months on from taking a pair of strong podium finishes for Ducati at Imola, Chaz Davies is confident he can return to the Italian venue with a shot at victory on improving Ducati 1199 Panigale.

The Welshman has already returned the marque to the winners' circle this year with success at Aragon - its first since 2012 -, while a pair of second place finishes at Assen have lifted Davies to third in the overall standings after four rounds.

Heading to Imola for round give, Davies has high hopes of improving upon his brace of second places aboard the increasingly competitive bike this year.

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"I'm excited to head to Imola," he said. "We had two good races last year, and I was able to finish both in second place, at a point at which we still had things to sort out with the bike. One year on, and with a lot more knowledge and experience of the Panigale, I'm hopeful that we can do well.

"Imola always feels like the best race of the year in terms of atmosphere, and feeling the support of the fans is something special, especially as a Ducati rider. It definitely adds some pressure but I like that!

"My goals remain the same as in recent rounds, to be on the podium twice, and then if I can do more, I'll do more. I think this is a crucial point of the championship, and it's time to be looking to winning more races and getting some points back - this is at the forefront of my mind."