After dominating World Superbikes since the summer break with five wins in six races, Chaz Davies is looking to cap an impressive end to 2016 by taking the runner-up spot in the riders' championship off of Tom Sykes in Qatar.
The Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider currently trails Sykes by 19 points with two races remaining and with momentum firmly on his side after four consecutive wins from Magny-Cours and Jerez, the Welsh rider is aiming to end his most successful World Superbike campaign to date by reeling in Sykes and feels the unpredictable nature of Losail can boost his charge.
“We need to bridge a 19-point gap from second place in the championship, and I believe there will be more riders in the mix," Davies said. "History shows anything can happen in racing, so why not? We can only do what we've been doing in the last few races, and then do the maths.
“It's the last race of the year, but in some ways I wish the season had just started, given that we obtained such good results lately. We were a bit late to the party, but we need to look forward.
"Last year in Qatar we managed to be quite competitive and took a second place, which was okay. We have got more some horsepower now, which should help us in the long straight. Racing at night is always something different and fun."
Davies' second place in race two in Qatar 12 months ago represents his best result at Losail as he looks to take the dominant form into the final round to give Ducati its first win in Qatar since Troy Bayliss claimed victory in race one in 2008.
To date Ducati has achieved 12 podiums in World Superbikes in Qatar but just the sole victory by Bayliss eight years ago.