Chaz Davies says he felt he was cruising before his race two crash at Portimao which made the fall a complete shock as he missed out on an easy second place for the Racing Ducati squad.

The Welsh rider had fought his way from eighth on the reversed grid to second place in race two and with Jonathan Rea escaping up the road in the lead Davies looked settled for second place with a comfortable advantage over Pata Yamaha’s Michael van der Mark.

But with three laps to go Davies saw the front-end of his factory Ducati washout at turn two and he tumbled out of the race.

“It's disappointing to finish the race like that because we’ve missed an easy podium,” Davies said. “Our pace was okay, we were holding station with Rea without pushing over the top, but towards the end I relaxed a little and closed the the throttle a bit earlier than usual going into turn 2, which ended up loading the front too much, and I went down.

“I was surprised because it’s a strange place to crash, especially when you feel like you’re cruising.

“That said, we’ve definitely made improvements today, but we still want to make another step forward in terms of stability at the end of the race, something on which we’ll work on tomorrow.

“Looking at the positive, we’ve closed in to second position in the championship, due to Tom’s misfortune, and with him back we should have an interesting end to the season, so I’m looking forward to the next round.”

Davies has closed to within 15 points of Sykes, who missed the Portimao races due to injury, in the battle for second place in the riders' standings with three rounds of the 2017 World Superbike championship remaining.


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