Chaz Davies finally gets to grip with Superbikes

By Trevor OwensSports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester
Chaz Davies

Motorcycling star Chaz Davies believes he is starting to get to grips with the demands of the World Superbike Championship.

After winning the 2011 World Supersport title, Davies had a disappointing start to his debut year in Superbikes.

But the man from Presteigne now feels there are genuine grounds for optimism.

"We're finishing races. That's positive and that is certainly more than I can say for the first part of the season," he told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"For the first few races there was either a crash or some bad luck one way or another.

"But we have now got four consecutive race finishes under our belts so that is good."

After a promising weekend in his home round of the Championship at Donington Park, Davies then achieved his best result of the year so far at Millar in Salt Lake City where he finished seventh and then fourth in the two races.

He followed this up with an impressive ride in the first round at Misano in which he finished sixth after qualifying in only 21st place on the grid.

And he puts it all down to a lot of hard work by his Aprilia ParkinGo team.

"It's been a combination of quite a few things," he said. "At Donington, even though we got two finishes there, I wasn't really happy with the bike.

"We were too far off the pace for my liking even though seventh is not a bad finish.

"But it wasn't a great seventh as I felt I was too far off the winner at the end of the race.

"We've improved the middle part of the corner for me, just where I let go of the brakes and turn it into the apex.

"I want to make that point as short as possible to get through it as quickly as possible while still maintaining good exit speed.

"It's easier said than done but we managed to come up with a set-up in America which really helped.

"That helped me get a bit of a feel that I need so it was good and is definitely positive."

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