Chaz Davies feels his Aruba.it Ducati squad is making strong progress with the Panigale R but still trails Kawasaki by 'a few tenths' which has prevented the Welsh rider from consistently challenging for race victories.

The former World Supersport champion feels his factory Ducati team has made positive steps forward with the 2015-spec bike, with Davies notching up more podiums in the first six rounds this year than his total from last season.

"Its definitely been a bit more stable this year," Davies said. "At Phillip Island, Aragon and Assen we had a more stable package than we had last year and as a result we can keep more life in the tyre for a little bit longer. That has been a good turnaround."

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The Welsh rider currently sits fourth in the 2015 World Superbike championship but after a nightmare round in Italy, where he left the Imola circuit pointless, he's had to play catch up to the two Kawasaki riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes as well as Aprilia's Leon Haslam.

Davies says the Ducati Panigale R has enabled him to become competitive but lacks the outright performance needed to mount a sustained World Superbike title challenge.

"We are able to keep the bike feeling pretty consistent for the full duration of the races but I feel like we may lack a few tenths that are needed," he explained. "In Imola we lacked a few tenths and even though I didn't get the chance to finish both races I felt we weren't quiet there.

"Yet in Assen we challenged for the win, in Aragon we managed to get a win and a second and in Phillip Island we were right up there with Jonny [Rea] and Leon [Haslam]."