Chaz Davies is looking to put the disappointment of Imola behind him with a double podium finish at Donington Park this weekend. The Welshman was ruled out of both races by mechanical problems and although he isn’t sure if Donington will be a strong circuit for the Ducati Panigale, Davies expects to be in the rostrum hunt again.
“Last year we had a pretty average weekend at Donington. It’s always been a bit of a difficult one for me actually and I’d class it as similar to Assen, though having said that we did alright at Assen this year so I guess it’s a case of turning up and seeing what we can do. Anyway, it’s a home race for me so the extra support will be nice and my aim, as ever, will be to finish both races on the podium.”
Teammate Davide Giugliano returned to World Superbikes with a podium at Imola despite suffering from fatigue after three months out. The Italian expects fitness to be less of an issue this weekend though at a circuit he counts among his favourites.
“I really like the Donington track and we did well there last year, scoring pole position and fourth place in race 2, though I crashed in race 1 when my glove got caught up with the throttle. This week I’ve focused on training, as I want to get back in shape as soon as possible. Over just a few days I haven’t been able to do a great deal but I’ve already improved a little. The races keep coming, and I really suffered at Imola, so it’s important to return to competitiveness as quickly as possible. I’ll do my best to do well again this coming weekend…”