Chaz takes fifth place in Assen Race 2
After taking a podium in Race 1 with Chaz Davies (3rd), the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team resumed competition today at Assen (Netherlands), home of the fourth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship, scoring a fifth and seventh place with Chaz Davies and teammate Marco Melandri respectively in Race 2.
Both riders faced a difficult task after briefly going off the track in the early-laps pandemonium. Chaz then recovered positions to climb up to fifth half-way through the race, but couldn’t make further moves due to unexpected vibrations on the rear.
The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will resume action at Imola (Italy) for the fifth round of the WorldSBK Championship, scheduled for May 11-13. To better prepare for the home round, the team will hold a private test at Brno (Czech Republic) next week, on April 25th and 26th.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 5th
“Looking at the positives, we didn’t give away too many points; but today the race was a bit of a struggle. We changed the bike and in the early stages we suffered with edge grip and turning on the exit, then we had a strange vibration on the rear. We still need to find out what caused it, but it forced us to go slower in the final laps and basically just bring it home. We struggled a bit here but we have a good base and we just need to react more quickly. Imola has been good in the past few years so I hope for better fortunes there.”