Chaz takes Malaysia race 1 podium at Sepang
The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team took it back to the track in Sepang for Race 1 in extremely hot weather conditions (32 degrees in the air, 46 on the tarmac). Chaz Davies and teammate Davide Giugliano started from second and third row respectively after finishing Superpole in fifth and ninth position and, thanks to a strong start, both riders took fourth and fifth place at turn 1.
The leading group quickly split itself, and Davies enjoyed a long fight for second position against championship leader Rea.
Both Chaz and teammate Giugliano showed a consistent pace despite the low grip level and tyre wear, finishing the race in third and sixth position respectively.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 3rd
“It was a difficult race for us today. I struggled to get the bike turning from mid corner, and I lost a few tenths here and there in corner exit as well. I didn’t have the usual feeling on the bike, and I couldn’t get as close to the limit as I would have liked to. Compared with yesterday, we definitely made some progress, but we’re still at 95% of our potential. I was expecting Sykes to slow down eventually, but he didn’t. I was hoping to at least be able to make a move on Rea, but honestly we couldn’t have done more today. Now we’ll sit down with the team to come up with a plan to improve tomorrow.”