Chaz Davies is looking to change his poor recent form at Assen in this weekend’s Dutch Round of the Superbike World Championship. Despite a victory in the lower classes, Davies has a modest record at “The Cathedral” and the Aruba.it Ducati rider hopes to finally taste victory there having opened his account for the season at Aragon last weekend.
“Assen’s enjoyable to ride but it’s always a challenge to get the bike to work well around the entire track, with some quite different sections. I’ve never been able to make the best of it in Superbike, and my results have been fairly average, while in Supersport I took a win. My aim this weekend, and every weekend, is to be on the podium, and then we’ll try to pick up wins where we can. I feel that we’ve learned a lot over the last couple of weekends, even when things have not been going so well, and I think that this will be important this weekend; we know where we stand in terms the chassis and that is particularly relevant at Assen I think.”
Xavi Fores impressed on the sister Panigale at Assen last weekend and with previous experience around Assen on a Superbike, the Spaniard is confident of picking up where he left off.
“I’ve only raced a few times at Assen but last year we had an IDM round there and I won the race so I can say that I really like the track, I’ve always ridden well at Assen and have some good memories. After the Aragón races, my aim this weekend will be to continue to work in the same direction to be able to improve in the races and stick closer to the guys in front. Last season’s IDM race took place in dry conditions and that’s what I’d prefer this weekend too but I don’t think I’d have particular problems if it were wet. The weather’s always an unknown anyway, but we’ll see what we can do…”