Chaz Davies has his eyes firmly set on taking second place in the Superbike World Championship from rival Tom Sykes as the series concludes in Qatar this weekend.
The Welshman has been the form-man since the series resumed after the summer break, taking five victories from the last six races to close the gap to the runner-up spot, which he also stole from Kawasaki’s Sykes in the final stages of 2015, to just 19 points.
With the Losail International Circuit in Doha known for throwing up results different to the trend of the season, Davies is hoping for a number of other riders to get in the mix with himself and the Kawasaki duo of Sykes and Rea this weekend.
“It’s the last race of the year, but in some ways I wish the season had just started, given that we obtained such good results lately,” he said. “We were a bit late to the party, but we need to look forward. Last year, in Qatar, we managed to be quite competitive and took a second place, which was OK. We got more some horsepower now, which should help us in the long straight. Racing at night is always something different and fun. We need to bridge a 19-point gap from second place in the championship, and I believe there will be more riders in the mix. History shows anything can happen in racing, so why not? We can only do what we’ve been doing in the last few races, and then do the math.”
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