Chaz Davies feels that he 'verified the competitiveness' of his 2016 World Superbike package at Phillip Island on Tuesday, along with regaining some confidence that was lost as a consequence of a spectacular fall the day before.
The Aruba.it Ducati man was relatively unharmed after crashing at speed through Phillip Island's fearsome final turn at the close of Monday afternoon, having encountered a strange feeling with a rear Pirelli tyre.
One of the clear preseason favourites, Davies was focusing on race set-up on Monday before the spill. He posted his fastest time of the two days that afternoon with a lap that was good enough for tenth overall on the combined time sheets.
“We followed a specific program, working on competitiveness over 20 laps and keeping the race weekend in mind. With the team, we only made a few, small changes to the chassis and electronics, and I was quite happy before the crash.
“I was trying a new compound, but I couldn't find the same feeling. Maybe I needed a bit more time with it, but unfortunately I crashed out in the last corner. The good news is that I'm physically OK.”
The aim of Tuesday was clear; to recover his good feelings that saw him post the fastest times on race rubber at a test in Jerez at the close of January.
Although the hot afternoon temperatures held the lap times back, Davies was able to confirm aspects of his set-up ahead of the first free practice session of the year on Friday.
“In the morning I focused on getting back the feeling and confidence on the bike after crashing out in towards the end of yesterday's session. I also did a race simulation, whose results were quite good.
“Our gap from the leaders has been reduced, and honestly I think I could have pushed more, both myself and the Panigale R.
“In the afternoon it was impossible to improve the lap times, as the temperature went through the roof, but today the general goal was simply to verify the competitiveness of our package without crashing, so I feel confident ahead of the race week-end.”