Davies: "I got such a bad start I had to do the work again!"

Sunday, 30 August 2020 16:11 GMT

Davies finished with two podiums after the Aragon Round but laments a poor start in Race 2 that meant he had to fight his way through the field

After three thrilling races at MotorLand Aragon for the Prosecco DOC Aragon Round, Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) claimed two more podiums to take his tally in his MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship career to 92 as he finished second in both Race 1 and Race 2, being denied an eighth win at MotorLand Aragon by the smallest of margins in both races.

In Race 1, Davies was closing in on teammate Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) in the latter stages of the race but unable to make the move to claim victory while in Race 2, having worked his way up from fifth place, found himself in a positive to pass Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) after the reigning Champion made a mistake going into Turn 17.

Despite making a move into Turn 1, Rea fought back against Davies to re-take the lead just a few corners later with Davies then unable to keep up with Rea’s late-race pace; Davies finishing second yet again with his last seven podium appearances all being on the second step of the rostrum.

Davies said: “Very happy with the weekend overall, the team gave me a good tool to fight with this weekend. The downfall of our weekend, apart from qualifying, was the starts. The start today in the second race today was very poor. Starting in the second row, I was excited to get away with Jonny and Scott and everybody else. I got such a bad start I had to do the work again, just like yesterday, and use tyre to come through and didn’t have much to fight with in the end.

“I think we can go back and look at our overall package and see what we can improve for next weekend. I felt today that it was a very fast race. Jonny had a luxury position to be a little bit ahead and do his work early, he didn’t have to come through traffic. For myself, I think we can save the tyre a little bit better even with the pace that we did come through the field with, I feel we can improve our tyre conservation in that mode.”

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