Davies looking to carry momentum to Sepang

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Chaz Davies is looking to carry the momentum gained from his emphatic double victory in Imola to this weekend’s sixth round of the Superbike World Championship in Sepang.

The Welshman now sits 35 points behind championship leader Jonathan Rea and wants to further decrease that gap as the series returns to a venue in which Davies took an unexpected win in 2015 after coming together with the Ulsterman at the final turn.

“We head to Sepang with good momentum following two great results in Italy,” he said. “In the last races, we’ve found quite a good versatile setup that works on different tracks and allows me to ride close to the limit without passing it. The bike also reacts well to each change we make, and we usually know exactly where to intervene to improve. We need to stay on course to further cut the gap in the championship.

“At Sepang in 2015, we scored an unexpected win. This year the track has been resurfaced and I heard the banking changed in some corners, so it will be a somewhat new track for everyone and there will be more variables to take into account. After racing in Europe for most of the spring, it will be nice to go back to hot weather for a change.” 

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing