British rider happy to see the back of difficult weekend
Ending his weekend with a top five finish, Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was happier with his performance on Sunday despite chasing that all important podium. With a top eight finish on Saturday, himself and his team were left searching for answers ahead of race two.
Starting from fifth on the grid on Sunday, the threat of rain loomed overhead and Davies was hoping to take advantage of the possibility of a flag to flag. However, the rain never fell and he continued to push on, hoping to bridge the gap to the leaders after a strong opening to the race. Pushing that bit extra meant the 31 year old was forced to use too much tyre and struggled in the latter stages of the race.
Happier with the end to his race, he now looks ahead to Brno: "Today was definitely an improvement since Race 1, though our goal is to finish higher. I felt like I rode a good race overall. When the first drops of rain started to fall, I was fully committed to keep it wide open but there wasn't enough rain to worry the guys in front of us. I did everything that I could to close the gap from the front, and to some extent I did, but we've been struggling a bit too much here. I had to use a little bit of tyre to bridge the gap and we couldn't do better today. Hopefully we can build on what we've done here and learn important lessons to apply in Brno."
On the other side of the garage, Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) had a weekend to forget, as the Italian took home an 11th position finish in race two. Despite making some changes and hoping to improve his pace on Sunday, he didn’t feel comfortable on his Panigale bike in order to push for the result he wanted.
"I was hoping to be able to keep yesterday's rhythm,” begins Melandri. “This would have allowed us to get close to the top five, but unfortunately the changes made didn't yield the expected results and today the bike was quite nervous and physical to ride, which affected our performance. I simply tried not to make mistakes and take home as many points as possible. Let's look ahead, to Brno, where we were quite competitive during the tests even though we still need to make a few steps forward to fight at the top once again."
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