WSB: Davies looking to take positives from tough Thailand

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Chaz Davies is looking to take the positives away from a challenging weekend at the Chang International Circuit this weekend in which he crashed both in qualifying and the second race. 

The Welshman had headed into the 2017 season determined to be as consistent as possible at the opening tracks of the year which have traditionally been poor for both him and his Ducati stablemates.

However, his poor form at Buriram would continue as he suffered two crashes during the weekend, including an incident that saw him fall out of second position in Sunday’s second race. 

With rival Jonathan Rea dominant at the Thai circuit all weekend, Davies had took second behind the Kawasaki on Saturday but when fighting with team-mate Marco Melandri – who started on pole after finishing fourth in race one – for the lead in Sunday’s second outing, Davies slipped off his Panigale R.

Fortunately for him, a red flag a lap later would give him a chance to recover some points. Coming through from the back of the grid, he took an impressive sixth place and reckons he could have done better had it not been for a few issues following the crash. 

“I was following Marco but I misjudged his speed a little bit so I went to the outside,: Davies explained after the race. “For me the rear always locks there, but that time it did it more than usual, perhaps because I was on a dirty part of the track, and couldn’t recover the grip. Finishing sixth is a salvage after the crash, but we could have been close to the podium at the restart. Unfortunately, we had some issues with the throttle after some parts were changed for safety. Still, we have many more points than after two rounds last year, and now we’ll go to more favorable tracks. The championship is long.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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