Aruba.IT Racing Ducati’s Chaz Davies put on a stunning performance in front of the Spanish fans to take two dominant victories at Aragon, the circuit he took his first victory at last season.
Unable to qualify on the first row, it didn’t take the Welshman long to get up and fight for the victory with the Kawasaki Racing Team-mates. By the third lap he was up into the lead for race one and this happened earlier in race two, as he took the lead on the final corner of the second lap from Tom Sykes.
Putting it down to having a strong setting with his bike from the start of the weekend, Davies leaves Spain thrilled but understands there is plenty of work to do on his Panigale: “This weekend feels like a dream. The bike was competitive from the get-go, and we only made small tweaks. The technical upgrades brought here have given us what we needed. In Thailand I could only stay in the slipstream, while here I’ve been able to pass my opponents also on the straight. In Assen, however, we will start from scratch.
The season has just begun, and things can change quite quickly, but I’m really happy with our overall package. It’s my third year with Ducati, and I witnessed a constant growth. Now the list of things to improve is really short, and I want to thank everybody in the team and the factory for the amount of work put in.”
Italian team-mate Davide Guigliano suffered a fairly opposite weekend to Davies; despite securing two top six finishes he leaves Spain far from happy with the Panigale’s performance.
Finding it tough to work around issues this weekend, Guigliano felt he couldn’t go out on track fully ready to race however he was still able to salvage some solid points from an uncomfortable weekend for the Italian.
Guigliano explains: “It hasn’t been an easy round for me. We struggled with several issues since Friday, especially grip and, given also the new format, we weren’t able to get adequately prepared for the races. The good thing is that, despite this, we never gave up and managed to collect some good points.
There still are many rounds left in the season, we’ll definitely have our chances to shine and I expect to make good strides in Assen. I also want to congratulate Chaz, he always rides fantastically here and he showed that the Panigale R is a winning machine. Now it’s time for us to make the most of its potential as well.”