Chaz Davies is aiming for a repeat turnaround from last year at the Lausitzring on the Aruba.it Racing Ducati with a hefty points margin to overturn on the factory Kawasaki pair.

The Welsh rider enjoyed a remarkable run of form over the second half of the 2016 which started at the German circuit when he won seven out of the final eight races. The closing round of the 2017 campaign visits the same circuits plus the addition of Portimao, something Davies is aiming to capitalise on with a run of victories.

Having enjoyed a productive test at Lausitzring during the summer break, the Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider heads into the second half of the season high in confidence as he aims to reel in Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea.

“Last year, at Lausitzring, it was a really good weekend for us,” Davies said. “We had great pace in the dry and we hit a turning point from there. During this summer’s test in Germany we were pretty fast as well. We also managed to ride in the wet, which is quite important, and we did some pretty respectable lap times in these conditions.

“We still need to confirm a couple of things we usually define over the race weekend, but in general I felt comfortable and I’m quite happy with the work that we did. So, I’m looking forward to get back on the Panigale R on a track that I enjoy.

“Of course it’s bumpy, but if offers different challenges compared to other circuits. You can actually find lines around the bumps at Lausitzring. I’m excited ahead of the second part of the season, we’ll take it race by race, as always, and we’ll see what happens.”

Davies currently trails World Superbike championship leader Rea by 125 points while he is 56 points off of Sykes who holds second place.

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Even if Davies goes on another run like last year, Rea is way too far out of reach and Sykes is a steady performer so 56 points is a big ask. Then he has to contend again with possible 'team' riding to help Tom secure 2nd. 3rd again this year is probably Chaz's finishing position unless he drops it a few times, then it could be 4th.