Chaz Davies was relieved to finish on the podium in Sunday’s second race after a difficult start to the weekend at Donington Park.
The Welshman lost the majority of the FP2 session on Friday after his Ducati burst into flames in the first twenty minutes and having missed that vital track time, he found himself on the back foot on Saturday.
After qualifying on the front row, he thought he’d taken a step forward and launched into the lead of Saturday’s opening race but his fortunes went from bad to worse as he crashed out not once but twice.
Sunday was a little more positive for the Ducati star, while he didn’t have the pace to run with Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea he was able to build a gap on the chasing pack to take a strong third place.
“It’s definitely good to step back on the podium after the difficulties we’ve encountered here in Donington,” said Davies after the race. “Most of all, it was important to score a positive result after not being able to finish the race yesterday. I think it all began with our problems on Friday, and yesterday I probably pushed a bit too hard, but we’re here to win races and you have to give it a try when you’re in the lead. We know we can do better, there are certainly a few aspects under which we can improve, but it was difficult to beat the Kawasakis on this track. Today, we’ve made some good progress also thanks to the data we gathered yesterday during the race, and the goal is to get to Misano in a different position. We’ll prepare the next round with two days of tests next week, and the first objective will be to improve our results from 2015.”