Chaz Davies has called third place 'about as good as we could have expected' in race two at Donington Park after enduring a frustrating race weekend at his home round.
The Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider suffered a dramatic engine fire midway through free practice two which lost the Welsh rider a fair chunk of track time that he was always battling to recover from.
While leading race one Davies slipped off at the final turn which dropped him way down the order before a second off at Coppice ended his race.
Looking to make amends in race two, Davies produced a solid getaway to stay second behind Sykes but again struggled under braking at the final turn Goddards when he ran wide and conceded a place to Jonathan Rea.
Davies found his rhythm and claimed a comfortable third place to ensure he ended his home event with a podium and conceded he struggled to produce the race pace to match to dominant Kawasaki duo.
"That was about as good as we could have expected, I hoped to get away out in front like yesterday and try to control the race from the front by myself but I just didn't have the pace,” Davies said.
“I knew that it would be the case if Tom led through the first corner that his pace on the second and third lap and Jonny's pace were just ridiculous. No way could I have hung there. After the difficult times on Friday, missing all the track time, we have got to be reasonably happy to be on the podium at our home race.
“It was important to score a positive result after not being able to finish the race yesterday. I think it all began with our problems on Friday, and yesterday I probably pushed a bit too hard, but we're here to win races and you have to give it a try when you're in the lead.
“We know we can do better, there are certainly a few aspects under which we can improve, but it was difficult to beat the Kawasakis on this track.”
Looking to regain momentum at Misano, where he claimed a third and a fourth last year, Davies will run a two-day test at the Italian track on Tuesday and Wednesday as he aims to reignite his title charge after slipping to third in the riders' championship due to Tom Sykes' dominant double.
“We've made some good progress also thanks to the data we gathered yesterday during the race, and the goal is to get to Misano in a different position,” he said. “We'll prepare the next round with two days of tests next week, and the first objective will be to improve our results from 2015.”