Chaz Davies is eager to see how the resurfaced Jerez circuit will impact the set-up of his Aruba.it Racing Ducati at the penultimate round of the World Superbike championship.

The factory Ducati rider has closed to just nine points behind Tom Sykes in the battle for the runner-up spot after seeing Jonathan Rea seal the 2017 World Superbike title last time out at Magny-Cours.

Davies has a strong record at the Spanish circuit with three wins from the past four races at Jerez, plus second place to Sykes in the other race, and off the back of his race two win in France he is keen to maintain his momentum heading into the final two rounds.

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The World Superbike grid heads into an unknown at Jerez after the circuit recently underwent a complete resurfacing, which the Welsh rider is keen to understand how the new surface has changed the characteristics of the track.

“We had good results at Jerez. I feel our package has worked quite well there in the past couple of years, especially in terms of tyre wear,” Davies said. “In the past, it was tricky to preserve the rear and get the best feeling with the front, especially in the heat.

“The track has been resurfaced anyway, so that will be the first thing to understand. Usually this changes things quite a lot, so that shall be interesting because we spent so many years riding the same tarmac and basically getting used to it.

“We’ll start from the setup we used in the last races, and adapt it to what we find out about Jerez. The goal is to have another solid weekend and come home with as many points as possible.”