Chaz Davies says his Aruba.it Racing Ducati squad must remain on its positive path after ending the Kawasaki domination at the start of the 2016 World Superbike championship with victory in race one at Aragon.
The Welsh rider, who claimed his first win on the Ducati 12 months ago at the same track, battled his way from fourth on the grid up to the lead over the first three laps before bolting ahead to take a controlled victory. The result marks the first non-Kawasaki machine to finish on the top step of the rostrum this season and slashes the championship points deficit to Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.
“In the beginning it wasn't easy to fight in the group, but I gradually managed to climb back through the field and take the lead,” Davies explained. “Then, I simply tried to establish my own rhythm, progressively building a gap. I'm very happy, we've made a clear step forward in terms of power, for which I want to thank Ducati for the constant efforts to push development forward.”
After a couple of near-misses for victory in Australia and Thailand, Davies is thrilled to notch up his 10th career WSBK win and will look to repeat the feat in Sunday's race two.
“We've been close to winning a few times already this year, and now we need to stay on this course,” he added. “We can still improve before Race Two tomorrow.”