Chaz Davies is aiming to maintain his winning run for Racing Ducati from Germany as the World Superbike championship returns to Portimao which the Welsh rider feels will suit the Panigale R.

Davies bagged a double victory at the Lausitzring last time out as he looks to repeat his late season charge from 2016 when he won seven out of the final eight races to keep his faint hopes of a World Superbike title challenge alive by cutting his deficit to leader Jonathan Rea to 105 points.

Heading to Portimao, Davies feels the bumpy surface of the Portuguese circuit could play to the strengths of the Racing Ducati in a similar style to the Lausitzring and is confident of adding to his wins tally this weekend.

“It always feels good to get back to racing, especially coming from a double win in the last round,” Davies said. “Portimão is a really nice track, we haven’t raced there recently but we’ve always done some testing there over the winter, so it’s a circuit we all know. I think its bumpy nature will suit our package.

“It’s always fun and challenging to ride, because it’s bumpy and the tarmac is a bit different every time we go there, sort of like what happens in motocross, so it’s tough to get every detail right.

“We’ve been on the podium there a couple of times in different weather conditions, but we’ll try our best to improve our stats further. I’m looking forward to get back on the Panigale R.”

Davies has secured two rostrums at Portimao during his World Superbike career while he won at the circuit in 2011 on his way to the World Supersport title for Yamaha ParkinGO Team.


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