WSB: Davies: 'It's a bit of a handful around here'

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Chaz Davies has said he’s finding the Ducati Panigale R ‘a bit of a handful’ around Donington Park after finishing fifth quickest on the opening day of practice for the sixth round of the 2017 Superbike World Championship.

While the Ducati man is feeling good in the final sector of the circuit, the faster, more flowing corners are proving more difficult as he struggles with stability issues, especially down the Craner Curves and old hairpin section.

“We just need to tidy up everywhere,” he said. “I feel I can get the feeling out of the bike at certain places on the track but at other places I feel like the bike is moving a bit too much and that results in me backing off a little bit and with that you lose all momentum. I feel like it’s a bit of a handful round here, just to try and be consistent, that’s the biggest problem.


“The first section of the track, you need stability at 45/50 degree lean angle and then when you change direction you need to make sure you’re not wasting energy, everything is going through the tyres and generating grip, but I’m always fighting some sort of movement through there. We’re not too bad in the last part, but in the first sector it’s like there’s a filter between me and the tarmac.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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