Chaz Davies feels winning both races at Magny-Cours in differing conditions acts as proof the Aruba.it Racing Ducati can win in any situation having trumped both factory Kawasakis as he took full advantage of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea scrap.
The Welsh rider secured his third double victory weekend of the season and had to battle through contrasting weather conditions. Davies produced the perfect tyre choice in the wet-to-dry race one before out-pacing his rivals in the dry second race at the French track.
Davies conceded he wasn't confident a double victory weekend would be while running in third midway through race two but bolted at the chance to lead when Rea and Sykes went wide at the turn five hairpin.
“It wasn't easy at all. I took the opportunity when it came, but honestly I didn't think it was going to happen. I was struggling early on, doing the same pace as on Friday in the mid 1'38 mark,” Davies said. “I was also finding it hard to pass the Kawasakis, as I couldn't see where to do it unless I took a big risk, so I had to let the race come to me a little bit.
“It did eventually, and as Jonathan and Tom pushed each other wide at the hairpin, I just took the opportunity and dropped the hammer to put some distance in between myself and them. It's been one of the most important weekends of my career, because we won in very different conditions, reaping the fruits of a lot of hard work with the whole team.”
Davies has made it his most successful World Superbike campaign with seven wins so far, beating his five wins in 2015, and mathematically kept himself in the title race by moving to 81 points off leader Rea.