Chaz Davies says he and Aruba.it Racing Ducati will continue to push for improvements from its Panigale R at Assen as he looks to maintain his winning run from Aragon.
The Welsh rider dominated last time out in Spain with two comprehensive race wins which enabled him to jump to second in the World Superbike riders' championship and slash Jonathan Rea's lead to 26 points.
Davies believes the confidence and momentum gathered at Aragon must be carried to the fourth round of the year at Assen which poses a particularly different challenge in terms of track layout.
“We are heading to Assen with good momentum and a lot confidence, not just for the results we scored but most of all because of the way the bike performed in Spain,” Davies said. “I like the Assen track, it's completely different from Aragon and it will give us a good chance to further evaluate the latest technical upgrades.”
A winner at Assen at World Supersport level in 2011 Davies is aiming to better his results of two runner-up spots in the Netherlands 12 months ago and feels the gains Ducati has produced from its 2016 challenger can help him take the fight to championship leader Rea who dominated to two victories last year.
“Last year we finished second twice and we were in contention until the finish line, and since then the bike has made a lot of progress both in terms of electronics and chassis. I'm expecting another tough battle with our rivals, there's definitely no time to rest on laurels,” he added.