Chaz Davies has admitted that while he finally broke Jonathan Rea’s dominant string of wins at Aragon yesterday he feels he’s still not competitive enough to fight with his Kawasaki rival.
Last year Davies dominated the Aragon round but this season he struggled to break away from the double world champion, who pushed him hard in the opening race. Visibly riding the wheels off his Panigale, the Welshman dramatically crashed out in the closing stages.
Sunday’s second race went slightly better for the Italian outfit, and while Davies again wasn’t able to break Rea a series of hard moves in the final laps saw him clinch victory for the first time this year.
“With five laps to go on Saturday I started to feel the bike was a bit more nervous and harder to manage in corner entry, and the weight was coming on and off the front,” explained Davies. “That’s what happened in the last corner, it locked without much warning and I lost the front. I was lucky to escape without injuries.
“The whole weekend has been difficult, from start to finish, so it was really important to cap it with a win, especially after that crash. We were confident our bike would be fast at Aragon, but it wasn’t easy at all out there and our main rivals seem relatively comfortable now so we know there’s still work to do in many areas.
“We’re competitive, but it’s still not enough so we need to keep working to improve. We’ve a test at Aragon Monday and that will be very important for us.”
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