Chaz takes fourth place in race 1 in Thailand
After a first day of practice characterized by extreme heat and low grip, the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team took it back to the track in Buriram (Thailand) determined to improve. In Superpole, Chaz Davies and teammate Davide Giugliano qualified in fourth and sixth place respectively, essentially cutting the gap from the top in half. However, despite taking steps forward, eventually both riders could not fight for the victory during Race One, which was won by reigning world champion Jonathan Rea.
Davies and Giugliano raced in close quarters at length, in fourth and fifth position respectively. While Davies showed a more consistent pace in the early phases, Giugliano recovered from half-way on. The pair then engaged in a spectacular, fair duel, which unfortunately was cut short by a crash from Giugliano with two laps to go. Davies thus ended the race in fourth position, taking 13 valuable points, while the Italian, who still managed to rejoin the race, closed in 18th position.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 4th
“It’s been a difficult race, and honestly I don’t think I could have done more today. I didn’t have the pace to stay with the frontrunners, and it wasn’t easy to hold Davide back either. I suffered an unexpected wear on the rear tyre before half-way, and I had to play defense. Also, top speed unfortunately is really important on this track and we still need to work on this aspect, especially in the first sector. It won’t be easy, but we won’t give up and will try some more changes to at least step on the podium tomorrow.”