Chaz Davies has heralded his dominant double victory weekend at Ducati's home round as a 'special' moment in his World Superbike career as he looks to hunt down Jonathan Rea in the title race.
The Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider produced a flawless performance in both races at Imola to claim a double win in front of the Italian manufacturer's head hierarchy.
With Ducati's sporting director Paolo Ciabatti and general manager Luigi Dall'Igna watching on, Davies got the dream start in race two by breaking away from Kawasaki duo Rea and Tomy Sykes by a couple of seconds over the opening laps before managing a comfortable gap to ease the Ducati home.
His fourth win of the season secured his second double victory weekend, following a similarly dominant double at Aragon last month, and in the process slashes Rea's lead to 35 points in the World Superbike riders' championship.
“It's just been an incredible weekend, from start to finish,” Davies said. “The latest upgrades Ducati brought for the Panigale R in Aragon allowed us to compete for the win in each race. To seize a victory here in Imola, Ducati's backyard, is special. To do a double, is unbelievable.
“Today the conditions were different, but we were able to create a gap in the first few laps. I made a couple of mistakes in lap 9 that made me lose a second, but also helped me stay focused until the chequered flag.
“We head to Sepang with confidence, as we have a more competitive package than last year, when we still left Malaysia with a second place and a win. Our goal is to keep the momentum and further cut the gap in the championship.”