Seven years after making a handful of appearances for Ducati in the MotoGP World Championship, Chaz Davies will make his full debut with the manufacturer at World Superbike level this weekend as he and Davide Giugliano heads up the firm's attempts at getting back to winning ways.

A third season in World Superbikes for both Davies and Giugliano, the Welshman joins Ducati after a successful season with BMW led to three race wins and a top five finish in the overall standings.

By contrast, Ducati endured its worst ever WSBK season in 2013 following the introduction of the 1199 Panigale, but Davies remains confident the bike's pace at Phillip Island - where Carlos Checa holds the lap record - is indicative of what to expect in Australia at least.

"Last year's race 1 was one of my better races here at Phillip Island I'd say. It's always been a little difficult for me in Australia for some reason but, having said that, I do enjoy riding this track.

"I think my Panigale is suited to the track, the bike is doing certain things really well, then there are a few other things I'd like to improve, but judging from Carlos' Superpole result last year, it's evidently a good track for the bike... All things considered, I'm feeling fairly confident."

Though the 2013 was considered poor by Ducati's standards as a whole, the bike showed strong form at Phillip Island, with Checa breaking the lap record en route to pole position. However, a spectacular accident during the first race would rule him out for the remainder of the day.



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