Chaz Davies says he is already looking forward to getting the 2016 World Superbike Championship underway as he brought his successful 2015 campaign with Ducati to a close by confirming his runner-up status.

In a year that has seen the Ducati 1199 Panigale R - introduced in 2013 - develop into a regular front runner, Davies' five wins and 18 podiums would see him keep Tom Sykes at bay to end the year runner-up to the all-dominant Jonathan Rea on the Kawasaki.

Ending his campaign in Qatar with a hard fought second place finish to Leon Haslam, though Davies was disappointed not to add to his race win tally after losing out on the final corner, he says it lays the foundation for what he hopes will be a title bid next year with the manufacturer.

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"I'm really happy; we came here with the aim to finish second in the championship and we did just that," he said. "In race one I struggled to be honest but, after making a few changes before race two, the suspension on my Panigale R was better and I could push harder, though it was still definitely one of the hardest races of the year.

"I'm just sorry I made a small mistake in the final corner, leaving the door open for Haslam who got me in the final metres. But that's ok. It's been a great season, we've been consistently up front, fighting for podiums and all of the guys in Ducati have worked really hard to provide us with a great package.

"Collecting more than 400 points over the season, despite the DNFs, is not at all bad. But we can always improve of course! We have work to do over the winter but I'm confident and excited about starting the 2016 season!"


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hopefully Ducati will see your reliability and ability to win races without crashing at every event ! if ever a team needs to open their eyes and see that a Brit is going far better than their always crashing Italian roman candle and to .keep your bike reliable at every event you might just pull it off