Chaz Davies will be looking to get his season back on track as the second half of the Superbike World Championship season kicks off in Misano.
The Welshman’s championship chances took a dent at Donington Park three weeks ago as he crashed out of the lead of the opening race before remounting and crashing again. A podium in race two made amends for Davies but with both Kawasaki riders ahead of him, he still lost points to title rivals Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.
Ducati head to Misano, the second of their two home rounds, having tested at the Rimini circuit earlier this month and despite some of the day being interrupted by rain, Davies was able to make a significant step forward with tyre life over race distance.
“It’s good to go into Misano having tested there a couple of weeks ago,” said Davies. “We at least got a headstart with some of the work usually done early during the race weekend, such as gear ratio and basic setup. The track has not changed much, it’s still in great shape after the resurfacing done last year, and we also introduced a couple of new components that turned out to be positive and should help us a little bit in the race. Last year I had my first podium in Misano, but we’re looking for something more this time and will try our best to put on the same display as in Imola for our supporters.”