Chaz Davies feels his Racing Ducati squad made some useful gains with his Panigale R's set-up for both wet and dry conditions at Magny-Cours having topped both Friday practice sessions.

The Welsh rider stormed to an emphatic win in the dry race one at the Lausitzring before struggling to replicate the same pace in the wet second race.

Having worked on set-up and race pace on used tyres he ended Friday confident progress has been made if variable conditions occur at the French track.

Davies pulled out a two-tenth gap at the end of FP2 at Magny-Cours over Leon Camier on the MV Agusta and took joy from topping both sessions to stamp authority over the World Superbike field.

"It's definitely a good day when you get P1 in both sessions," Davies said. "This morning we've been chipping away and getting some feeling, working on the minor details of the bike. In the afternoon, we started exploring the setup a bit since it could be wet tomorrow.

"We've got down to a good lap time and we also managed to be consistent with used tyres, but towards the end of the session we went a little bit in the wrong direction and lost some grip in the long corners. All in all, we collected some good data for tomorrow and we should be OK if it's dry, but anyway we'll take it as it comes."


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