Chaz Davies takes eighth in Race 1 at Donington
Race 1 of the sixth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship, held at Donington (United Kingdom), turned out to be more difficult than expected for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team.
Chaz Davies and teammate Marco Melandri fought gallantly but struggled since a difficult Superpole, finished in third and fourth row respectively, which didn’t allow them to mount an attack to the podium.
The Welshman and the Italian actually rode most of the race together, until six laps to go: Melandri then crashed out without consequences at turn 12, then he climbed back on his bike to finish 22nd, while Davies managed to recover two positions during a thrilling last lap to take home eighth place.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 8th
“I entered the race with good confidence despite the grid position, I thought we could have a shot at the podium but unfortunately it’s been a difficult one. We struggled to get the feeling that I wanted, obviously the crash yesterday didn’t help as it reduced our time on track, but I expected to make bigger steps forward today. We didn’t have much grip so it was a case of just getting the best out of it, which today meant riding as smoothly as possible. Things change pretty quickly in this game, so hopefully we’ll be able to turn things around ahead of tomorrow.”