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Davies in the points at Donington

Published date: 18 May 2012 |
Published by: Gavin Grosvenor
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CHAZ Davies put a frustrating start to the World Superbike Championship season behind him in the fifth round at Donington Park last weekend.

Davies made gains in the standings after completing his first double finish in the British round of the World Superbike series.

Injury in the opening round in Australia was followed by problematic runs in the next three rounds at Imola, Assen and Monza ahead of Davies’ home event.
The ParkinGo MTC Racing star got to grips with his Aprilia RSV4 in practise laps and qualifying to go into the Superpole in good spirits and booked 16th on the grid.

In race one Davies was aggressive and, despite his lack of experience on a dry track with his Aprilia RSV4, battled to 12th spot.

Davies got himself into the top 10 in race two and recorded his best finish of the season, with seventh enough to see him celebrate a welcome and deserved points haul.
Davies said: “If we think about how we were on Friday, the outcome is definitely positive.
“We have scored twice and most importantly we have got a lot of information back.

“In the end I was satisfied with the result, especially on race two where we performed better.”
Next up for Davies is the sixth round at Miller Motorsports Park in America next month, when Davies will bid for further improvement.

Davies currently stands in the top 20 of the World Superbike Championships, with Max Biaggi top of the standings.

ParkinGo MTC Racing chief mechanic Alberto Colombo insisted the testing start to life in World Superbikes was to be expected, while backing Davies to shine.
“It has been a tough weekend, our first sunny weekend,” said Colombo. “We have worked hard  and understood a lot of things.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult track and with Chaz we have a lot to learn here in Superbike, but at the end we have a positive result.”
 

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