Chaz Davies says he's satisfied by the results of the pre-season test programme carried from Jerez to Portimao as he regains the same feeling on the Aruba.it Racing Ducati which saw him take seven wins over the final eight races in 2016.
Having completed a two-day test at Jerez last week the factory Ducati squad moved directly on to Portimao for another two-day test to complete a number of engine, electronics and chassis updates.
While also running side-by-side set-up comparisons at the Portuguese track, Davies topped the timesheet with a best lap of 1m 41.813s and says his squad can focus on the 2017 season opener at Phillip Island with confidence.
“We did a lot of work in the past two days, as well as in Jerez, and overall we can be happy with the results,” Davies said. “We completed a detailed program to evaluate all the technical upgrades, with good feedback.
“Despite the fact that some areas were repaved, the track has gotten a bit bumpier since we last raced here and, consequently, it wasn't easy to find the best possible setup.
"These tests, after a two-month break, were also crucial to allow me to get back the feeling I had on the bike towards the end of last year. In Portugal we clocked more than 700 kilometers.
"The team has done a great job, and we're optimistic ahead of the season opener in Australia, where we'll take advantage of the final tests to fine-tune the details.”