WSB: Davies hails 'most important weekend of career'

Published: 03 October 2016

Chaz Davies has hailed his double victory at Magny Cours as one of the ‘most important weekends’ of his career given the varying circumstances in which he took victory. 

The Aruba Ducati man took the spoils after a decision to run intermediate tyres on the grid for Saturday’s wet but drying opening race saw him take a commanding victory as most of his rivals pitted to change tyres.

The Welshman would then go on to double up in Sunday’s race after taking advantage of a battle between Kawasaki duo Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea.  

While Davies has won three out of the last four races, his championship fight is all but over as he sits some 81 points behind series leader Rea. However, the battle is still on for second place with Sykes now just 33 points ahead.  

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“In race one I tried to make an educated guess on tyres, as in the past we haven’t always opted for the best strategy in these conditions,” Davies said. “Still, it was somewhat of a gamble and I knew that early on it was just a matter of survival but the reward could be great. At first, I just tried to stay on the bike as in some points it felt like riding on ice, but when I saw the gap from the front after the first few laps I realized we could pull it off. It was fun to come back through the field. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be dry and we have a good chance, but we still have room for improvement.”

“It wasn’t easy at all in race two. I took the opportunity when it came, but honestly I didn’t think it was going to happen. I was struggling early on, doing the same pace as on Friday in the mid 1’38 mark. I was also finding it hard to pass the Kawasakis, as I couldn’t see where to do it unless I took a big risk, so I had to let the race come to me a little bit. It did eventually, and as Jonathan and Tom pushed each other wide at the hairpin, I just took the opportunity and dropped the hammer to put some distance in between myself and them. It’s been one of the most important weekends of my career, because we won in very different conditions, reaping the fruits of a lot of hard work with the whole team.”

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