Chaz Davies says he was taken by surprise with his own dominance over the World Superbike field in the opening race at the Lausitzring having taken victory by almost 11 seconds.
The Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider stormed to pole position at the German track before backing up his single lap pace with a flawless race performance to ease to his fifth win of the year.
Davies says the two in-season tests his squad ran during the extensive summer break proved vital on getting up to speed at a track which made its first return to the calendar since 2007 but conceded he never expected to be ahead by such a vast margin.
“I was confident about my pace, but honestly I'm surprised with the gap,” Davies said. “It's not impossible to cut our deficit in the championship, we saw that everyone can make mistakes so we'll try to win as many races as we can until the end of the season, without worrying too much about the standings.
“After such a long break, I was a bit apprehensive before our first race, but today everything worked out perfectly since Superpole.
"The two tests done during the summer proved to be crucial, because we found once again the feeling I had missed in a few races this year. We now have a package that I feel 'mine' again.”