Chaz Davies was able to bounce back in race two aboard the Aruba.IT Racing Ducati as he kept in touch with the flying Kawaskai duo in order to fight for the victory after missing out on a podium in race one in Buriram.
The Welshman found himself down in fifth position on the second lap of 20 following a moment with team-mate Davide Giugliano on the opening lap. Fighting with Sylvain Guintoli and Michael van der Mark in the first half of the race, Davies was able to shake them off and make up an over two second gap to the leaders.
At a track which Davies struggles with on his 199 Panigale R, he was able to work through his issues and improve his pace to secure his third podium of the year:“I’m happy with the progress we’ve made since yesterday. Thanks to the team, we solved a couple issues and I could fight at the top again, but we missed a little something to try to go for the win.
We still need to improve on the engine side, but this track was probably the most difficult both for me and the Panigale R and still I leave it with a smile on my face. This podium gives me a lot of confidence ahead of the next races.”
Italian team-mate Davide Guigliano had a tough weekend in Thailand, as he was only able to secure six points from both races, finishing in tenth in race two.
Guigliano lost the front end of his Ducati in race one and crashed out of a top five finish, but was able to rejoin the race and crossed the line in 18th position.
For race two the 26 year old had a technical problem which hindered his pace for the 20 lap race, and caused him to cross the line in tenth position: “This weekend, it’s been more difficult than we expected. Yesterday I was making a strong comeback and crashing out was really unfortunate, while today I suffered a technical problem, which still needs to be verified, that reduced significantly my speed on the straight.
Anyway, Chaz’s third place represents a good indication of the competitiveness of the Panigale R, and I’m confident I can redeem myself as well in Aragon.”