Davies: "I’m prepared for a tough battle and ready for that!"

Friday, 21 May 2021 16:37 GMT

The King of Aragon was fastest in Free Practice 2 but believes he has his work cut out to add to his Aragon win tally this weekend

A new team for Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) but a similar result at MotorLand Aragon as the Welshman topped the timesheets for Free Practice 2 ahead for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and the Pirelli Aragon Round, with Davies second overall for Friday’s running at MotorLand Aragon.

Davies has seven wins at MotorLand Aragon but hasn’t stepped on the top stop of the podium in Alcañiz since Race 2 in 2018 and will be looking to add to that in 2021 on the Ducati Panigale V4 R he is familiar with, although with a different team following his move from the factory Ducati outfit to the Independent GoEleven squad.

The three-time WorldSBK runner-up believes he will face a tough battle to make it eight victories at Aragon despite his strong pace on Friday. He said: “Obviously we’ve had a good past here in Aragon, won lots of races and always been pretty strong here but if you look on paper in the last few years, the others have sort of caught up and maybe I have less of an advantage these days that I had a few years ago but it’s figuring out the little tricks of the circuit. I don’t come here thinking ‘this will be a walk in the park!’, it’s quite the opposite actually, I’m prepared for a tough battle and ready for that.”

The Aragon Round marks the first time Davies has been able to work with his new team throughout a race weekend, including his crew chief Pete Jennings, although they have tested together numerous times throughout the weekend. Davies was full of praise for his new team.

Davies added: “It’s been great actually with PJ (Pete Jennings) and the GoEleven crew, they’ve been welcoming me with open arms, and they’ve been super flexible so far with some of the ideas that have been on the table. It’s been great working with PJ. Although I’ve had great crew chiefs in the past, there really is a difference when speaking with someone in your native tongue.”

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