Davies: "This is the first weekend where we’ve felt like the benchmark"

Sunday, 14 May 2017 16:56 GMT

Ducati rider stuns in front of his home fans

Securing a stunning double victory around the Iconic circuit of Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola, Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati) secured the Gentlemen’s set – taking the pole position, fastest lap and two race wins at the Motul Italian Round.

At a circuit his Panigale works so well around, Davies was able to take advantage of the second race restart, following a slow start off the line in the initial race. Firing off the line for the second start of race two, Davies worked his way through the field in stunning, smooth style and made it look easy to take his second victory of the weekend – and fourth in a row around Imola.

Davies beams: “What a weekend, up to this point in the season we’ve had a mixed bag and our biggest adversaries have come out strong - this is the first weekend where we feel like we’ve been the benchmark and we’ve been able to find a rhythm. From the second session we were able to find it and it snowballed from there into the double victory. I just can’t say enough things about how the bike performed around here, it worked superb in both races. We made very little changes and although the track conditions were different today it was working equally as well. The second race was quite different to the first - I was a bit lucky for the restart because I messed it up a bit in the first start but in the restart I got a very good launch and managed to make a few decisive moves. I profited from Jonny’s mistake at the chicane and then it was a question of hunting down Tom; he had a really good pace and it was a bit of a grit between the teeth to get past him. Once I did I just concentrated on setting my pace like in practise and it was enough to break away.”

Watch Davies’ stunning performance from the Motul Italian round with the WorldSBK VideoPass.