Chaz Davies left Phillip Island happy with his consistent points haul despite narrowly missing out on two race victories to rival Jonathan Rea.
Davies pushed the double World Champion in both of the weekend’s outings, but didn’t quite have enough to beat him in the closing stages. However, admitting Phillip Island has traditionally been a tough circuit for him, the Welshman is happy to walk away just 10 points behind Rea in the standings.
While he displayed a similar pace at the Aussie track last year, Davies made a crucial error in attempting a precarious last lap pass on Rea into the MG hairpin, losing him valuable points in the 2016 title chase.
Davies told MCN ahead of the Phillip Island race that consistency would be key to fighting Rea in 2017 and that was clearly on his mind in the opening two races.
“Sunday’s race was a bit more difficult to manage, given the hotter conditions,” he said. “The glass is half full though, without a doubt. We tried something different but we lost a couple of bike lengths here and there and we just couldn’t pass Rea before the finish line. When you look at the full picture, this is a really positive result. It would be easy to be disappointed because we barely missed two wins, but historically this has never been a favourite circuit for me and sometimes I lost precious points here, so two second places are a good building block for the rest of the season.”
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