Chaz Davies is thrilled to have placed his Goldbet BMW S1000RR second on the time sheets in both of todays world superbike sessions. The Welshman was pipped to the top spot in this morning’s free practice
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with a matter of seconds to go and despite spending quite a bit at the top of the time sheets in the first qualifying session, he was displaced by a speedy last lap from Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty.
Nevertheless, the BMW man who finished 4th in the first race at Phillip Island is pleased with the progress the team have made in the month since the first round, where they were struggling with grip issues, however Davies set his fastest lap today on used tyres. BMW chose not to test at Aragon with teams such as Honda and Suzuki this week, but Davies say this hasn’t hindered them. “It was a good Friday, everyone has done a great job. We were able to confirm the success of the work we have done over the last month and today has proved that I now feel really comfortable on my RR. I was already happy with my race pace at Phillip Island and I knew we could improve on it even more. We did a couple of tests in between the rounds and BMW did a good job on the bike. After some teams tested here last week you could have expected that we would be a bit further behind but sometimes it is nice to come to a track without having done numerous laps there. We came here fresh and hungry and it was good. I did my fastest lap on used tyres, which is a good sign regarding race pace. Tomorrow we will try to increase the grip a little bit; that is the main thing. The bike is working very well but the grip is still limiting us. In addition, we will just do some fine tuning of the electronics and the power delivery.” commented the Welshman.
Davies scored his maiden WSBK podium at Aragon last year on the ParkinGO Aprilia. Times from the session can be found here.