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WSBK Sepang, Malaysia: Davies in tune with Ducati after landing ‘versatile setup'

Chaz Davies is confident he can take his winning momentum to a variety of circuits on the World Superbike calendar after uncovering an adaptive setup.
Chaz Davies is confident he can take his winning momentum to a variety of circuits on the World Superbike calendar after uncovering an adaptive setup with his Aruba.it Racing Ducati heading to Sepang.

The Welsh rider claimed a dominant double victory last time out at his team's home round at Imola, where he also topped every practice session while smashing Superpole with a new lap record.

Davies, who also claimed a double win weekend at Aragon earlier this year, is confident he's found a base setup with the Panigale R which enables him to test the limits of the bike without any overt concerns and says the setup can be adapted to circuits with varying characteristics.

As a result, Davies is keen to maintain his momentum and continue to slash Jonathan Rea's championship lead which currently stands at 35 points.

“We head to Sepang with good momentum, following two great results in Italy,” Davies said. “In the last races, we've found a quite versatile setup that works on different tracks and allows me to ride close to the limit without passing it. The bike also reacts well to each change we make, and usually we know exactly where to intervene to improve.

“We need to stay on this course to further cut the gap in the championship. In Sepang, in 2015, we scored an unexpected win. This year, the track was repaved and I heard the banking changed in some corners, so it will be a somewhat new track for everyone and there will be more variables to take into account.”



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Realist

May 12, 2016 12:02 AM

Good momentum by Chaz, but he was equally as good last year. He is very unlikely to ever get a MotoGP ride. If they wanted him in GP, they would have chosen him over Redding, Baz, or Petrucci after his performance last year... ....but they didn't. Him in GP is more of a pipe dream than a reality. He's at the age point, like Sykes and Rea (who are both equally or more capable than Davies), where a serious consideration for a GP seat is next to nil.



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