Chaz Davies says despite losing ground in the World Superbike championship standings at Assen he is upbeat ahead of Imola after finding the potential of the updated Ducati Panigale R.

After narrowly missing out on victory in race one at Assen Davies lost out in the wet-to-dry conditions in race two to take fifth place, while his main title rival Jonathan Rea claimed a dominant double to push his points lead to 45 after the opening four rounds.

However, Davies says Assen provided him and his Aruba.it Racing Ducati squad with sufficient information to extract the bike's full potential which he will put into practice at Imola this weekend.

"We didn't leave Assen with as many points as we could have collected also due to the variable weather conditions, but the good thing is that we confirmed the potential of the Panigale R and gained valuable experience," Davies said. "We're ready to have another go at it in Imola, a peculiar track that I enjoy.

"I was twice second in 2014, while last year things didn't go to plan due to a couple of technical issues, but we were quite competitive until that point. The bike has improved significantly since then, so I hope to have a strong performance in front of all the Ducati fans to reward their passion and get closer to the front in the championship."