Chaz Davies says the resumption of the World Superbike championship after its break is entering a relative unknown at the Lausitzring with the German track making its comeback to the calendar this year.
Davies is certain his Aruba.it Racing Ducati squad can head to the tenth round of the year in a confident frame of mind having enjoyed a productive two-day test at the Lausitzring but with zero racing experience to rely on at the track he says results will be tricky to predict.
On the entire World Superbike grid only a handful of riders have experience racing at the German track and despite Davies being one of those set for his competitive debut this weekend the Welsh rider is relishing the challenge.
“We had a long summer break, but I've always stayed active and I feel more than ready to get back to racing,” Davies said. “Physically I feel good, and I think we've made a clear step forward in the last couple of tests in Lausitz and Misano. In both, I got the feeling I was looking for and left the track happy, but racing is always different.
“The Lausitz track is quite challenging and bumpy, so it will be crucial to work well on the setup. It's a new track for everyone, so it's impossible to make predictions, but I'm confident and motivated.”
Davies currently trails championship leader Jonathan Rea by 108 points, and is 62 point back from second place rider Tom Sykes, with four rounds remaining.