Chaz Davies says he was frustrated to miss out on consistent dry running in the afternoon due to the mid-session rain downpour but still gathered useful information to use if the rain returns to the Lausitzring this weekend.

The Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider ended Friday free practice third overall and within reach of the front two of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea on the factory Kawasakis but feels his missed out on strengthening his set-up on the Panigale R due to the 90-minute suspension of FP2 with the rain shower causing a washout.

Despite the wet and then drying conditions at the Lausitzring Davies says key feeling and information was gained when the session resumed and with rain showers forecast throughout the race weekend the track understanding on how it dries could come into play in a race.

12 months ago the wet race two at the German circuit was the only race Davies failed to win over the final eight races when he could only manage sixth place in the tricky conditions. While Davies nothced up laps in the wet, Sykes was unable to head out on track after an earlier fall while Rea opted against trying out the wet conditions.

“It was a mixed day. It feels like we just started to get going after the summer break but FP2 was a bit anti-climactic,” Davies said. “I was hoping to get into my stride but we started the afternoon session with quite a different setup and I didn’t feel too happy on bike so we decided to go back to our base.

“Then the rain came. Here at Lausitz you never know what the track conditions will be, so it was important to head out on rain tyres but, after a couple of laps, I realized it was more dry than wet so it wasn’t too useful to ride aside from being to able to understand where the wet and dry spots are.

“Hopefully, we’ll get a more consistent track tomorrow. I think that, once we go back to our base and put a fresher engine on, we can definitely improve. We always had a good pace here.”