WSB: 'Room for improvement' for Davies after Phillip Island test

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Chaz Davies reckons there is still room for improvement from his Aruba Racing Ducati team ahead of this weekend’s 2017 Superbike World Championship season opener in Phillip Island.

The Welshman finished official testing third quickest behind Jonathan Rea and his Ducati team-mate Marco Melandri, but insists there’s more to come ahead of this weekend’s first races. 

“Throughout these tests we’ve been careful, moving step by step without making drastic changes to our base setup but also exploring a little bit given the particular nature of this track, which makes our bike a bit more difficult to turn,” Davies explained. 

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“We’ve been moving in the right direction and getting progressively more comfortable and closer to the mark, but there’s still room for improvement. We also took different tyres to race distance, and I’m quite happy with our performance as far as that is concerned. We have good ideas about our next steps to take, and we’ll evaluate them on Friday.”   

Davies heads in to the 2017 season a clear favourite to take it to back-to-back champion Jonathan Rea. The Welshman won more races than the eventual champion last year after his stunning seven wins from the last eight races of the season.   

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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