|Davies is looking forward to racing infront of home fans
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GoldBet BMW Motorrad team-mates Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri are both heading to rider favourite Donington Park feeling both positive and confident they can deliver in-front of the British fans.
For Welshman Chaz Davies Donington is the first of two home rounds in the 2013 season, and he hopes the weekend will go smoothly but isn’t getting ahead of himself. The 26 year old won both races at the Spanish round of Aragon six weeks ago and is now sitting in fifth position in the world championship standings; he hopes for a strong qualifying session which will help him be up with the leaders in the race.
Despite having never won at the Leicestershire circuit, Davies is feeling positive ahead of the weekend “I am looking forward to my first home round. It is always good to meet up with friends and family and to feel the support of your home crowd. Donington was the first proper circuit I rode on, so I have special memories of it – especially the first part of the circuit is enjoyable. To go through ‘Craner Curves’ is quite a challenge. Overall, there are two completely different styles of track. You have the fast first part and then the hard braking second part so it is difficult to find a compromise with the set-up. I hope that we will have a smooth and normal weekend. I will try to do a good qualifying and then we will see. Marco was very fast there last year, so the team should have some good data to start with.”
Melandri won race one at the historic circuit last season, however he failed to finish race two after a collision involving former team-mate Leon Haslam and Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea on the final lap at Goddards. Melandri won race one at Monza last time out, and the 30 year old is gaining confidence in his BMW RR; he hopes to leave Donington with at least two podium finishes.
Melandri said “I really love Donington. Here I got my first Superbike win with Yamaha in 2011 and the first victory in the history of BMW in the series last year. This is a technical track, quite different from Monza. In Donington you never shift to sixth gear while in Monza you use it three times. The two chicanes in the last part of the Donington circuit seem to be there to keep the field close together. The race will be very open and hard-fought, and if it does not rain, it will be very exciting. We head to Donington in a better position than last year, even if we did not have a perfect start to the season. In Monza I found the right feeling with the RR. Now I can ride it in the best way and be competitive. I’m looking forward to Donington and I feel really confident. Now I want to fight for the podium at every race and, when it’s possible, I want to win.”