WSB: Davies: 'Nobody has the upper hand'
After surprising himself by winning in Thailand, Chaz Davues is one of three riders within 12 points of World Superbike championship leader Jonathan Rea. This week WSB heads to Motorland Aragon; a track where Davies has been a serial winner in recent years.
Davies’ stats from Aragon are almost unprecedented: six wins from the last 10 races, two doubles and eight podiums. Davies had his first podium there on a private Aprilia in 2012 and his first double a year later on the BMW. Just one more victory at the Spanish circuit would move him into an elite band of men to have achieved seven or more wins on a single circuit. So what is it about Davies and Aragon?
“It’s one of those tracks where I could happily keep filling the fuel tank and riding all day,” he says. “I never get bored of it. With some tracks you’ve had enough by the end of the day but Aragon tempts you to keep riding its sweeping, climbing corners and high- speed back straight. I enjoy it so much I get into this really good mental state of flow. I don’t have to force it. It just happens.”
Heading in to one of his strongest circuits on the calendar, Davies says he feels confident given how close the field has been over the opening two rounds.
“Johnny isn’t running away with it this year. He’s having to work how I feel I had to work over the last few years. I know they’ve had some problems, but he’s having to force the issue and they’re making some mistakes. At the same time the rest of us are closer and nobody has a real upper hand. It makes you feel confident you have a chance everywhere we go. It’s great for the championship!”
Read the full, exclusive interview with Davies in this week's MCN.