Chaz Davies says despite conceding ground in the World Superbike championship race recently he's not giving up on battling back for the world title but admits the turnaround must begin at Laguna Seca.
The Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider appeared to become Jonathan Rea's biggest rival in the World Superbike championship standings after his historic double victory on his team's home track at Imola, but since then he's missed out on victory in the past six races, recording two third-place rostrums, two fourths and two retirements.
In that time Davies has slipped to third in the riders' standings and is 99 points off leader Rea but with five rounds remaining. With a maximum of 250 points still available the Welsh rider feels he has a realistic shot at the title but will be aiming to repeat his memorable double victory weekend at Laguna Seca from 12 months ago.
“I really enjoy riding in Laguna Seca, it's different from any other track on the calendar and quite demanding, both for the bike and the rider,” Davies said. “All season long, we've always had the pace to fight at the top, but the last few rounds haven't been as smooth as we would have liked.
“Some unexpected difficulties have slowed us down a bit and we've lost points in the championship. That said, I still believe we can turn things around but we need to start now.”
Davies will be keen for a rapid start to his race weekend at the California circuit having seen his four wins in 2016 all come when he's dominated at tracks with double wins at both Aragon and Imola.