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WorldSBK – Dodging debris at Donington

After a fantastic result at Imola and the fifth round being hosted on british soil, expectations were high for Chaz at Donington this weekend. After displaying strong performance in both practice and Superpole, Chaz didn’t achieve the results he hoped for in Race 1, with radically different climatic conditions compared to Friday; the tarmac being more than 10 degrees colder, and with strong winds blowing across the track – Chaz closed in eighth position.

Davies, who took first row in Superpole with the third-best time, got off to a strong start and took the lead at the first corner to impose and impressive pace in the high 1:27 mark. The Welshman however, crashed during lap 7 at turn 12, rejoining the race in fourteenth position before climbing back to eighth after an aggressive comeback. The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team stepped back on the podium in Race 2 after Chaz mounted a memorable comeback from 17th position after being forced to go off the track in the early laps to avoid a rider who crashed in front of him, taking third place in front of his home fans. This leaves Chaz 3rd place overall in the standings.

It would have been nice to get away with the Kawasaki pair, but third place is all we could ask for today. We had a terrible start, which made it for a very difficult race. We had to get through a lot of traffic, I was trying to avoid riders crashing in front of me, and it felt like playing a game of Mario Kart. To be here, on the podium, in front of the home fans, was the most important thing. Towards the end, when I was getting closer to VD Mark, I didn’t have great grip because I had to stress the rear a lot to come back through the field. I just dug in, trying not to make mistakes and figure out where to pass really quickly. It was close racing. Anyway I’m confident for the rest of the season because this track has always been difficult for us and we can take a lot of positives going into Misano.

Round 7 of the championship will be hosted at the Misano World Circuit in Italy on 16th - 18th June.