“I won't apologise for crashing like that,” was Chaz Davies' assessment of a fall in race two that came whilst in the midst of another titanic last-lap scrap for the lead in the second World Superbike race at Phillip Island.
Davies was speaking in the post-race paddock show, not long after his attempt at out-braking Jonathan Rea at turn four ended with a front end fall at turn four, the result of braking too late as he bid to overturn race one's outcome.
Second on Saturday after his move at turn ten was foiled by Rea, Davies turned his attentions to passing the Kawasaki man at Honda hairpin in the second encounter. However, stopping the Aruba.it Ducati and making the corner proved too much.
“I usually always back myself on the brakes,” started Davies, who remounted to finish tenth. “I can brake pretty late and pull it up but there's a certain limit the front tyre will put up with and I found that. As soon as I hit the brakes I knew; I was tight, I was deep and I was asking a lot. I felt like it was a move that I didn't necessarily have to make. I got blasted down the start finish straight when I was trying to make the break.
“A little bit with the front," he said of changes he had made for race two. "It was better. The tyre was holding up a bit better. I felt like I had the edge on Johnny in places and I felt like I was a little bit quicker than him. Not quick enough to get away. If I thought I was quick enough to get away I would have gone earlier. I managed my race as I wanted to manage it. I tried to win the race as I wanted to win it but, well…
“It was either going to be there. I felt close enough to pass into turn one. Through two, no. It was either going to be through turn four or nine or ten. At nine it has to be absolutely perfect. It's difficult to get the run there. I don't think there was that opportunity so it had to be one or the other. I tried it but…”
A blemish on what was an otherwise impressive showing, Davies took heart from two daring displays in which he was in the victory fight until the end. While Rea walked away from Australia with a fifty point maximum, the Welshman's bullish approach conveyed a full-blooded determination that should steer him towards a full-blown title challenge.
“That side of it is disappointing but I'm not disappointed with the way I rode,” he added. “I felt like we've moved on from last year. Our electronics package is working good. In general I'm very happy with the bike. We just missed that last bit. We want to take home race wins and I think it's pretty easy to see what that last bit is.”