After missing some pre-season testing track time at Jerez last year, Chaz Davies had a relatively clean two days on his Aruba Ducati, and made the most of it to find some incremental improvements in his V4R Panigale.
“It’s been a long couple of days, a lot of bouncing around between different set-ups and trying a few things. There was some positive stuff and a couple of things that were worth holding on to for sure. That was a both the most exciting thing about the test really,” joked Davies.
“There were just a couple that were definite positives. A couple of the old problems I have had with the bike, I feel like we have made a little bit of headway in that area.”
Maybe not a much bigger window to work in, it seems, but Davies feels a little may return a lot.
“Something that over the course of the season is going to help us out quite a lot,” he said. “We have found something with the rear of the bike that is working a little bit better.
It is difficult to say here, as it is not one of my stronger tracks, but it felt all right, quite OK, with how the bike was working at certain points, when we kept the bike in a stable window.”
With so many red flag stoppages, including a very long one near the end of the day, Davies and Ducati did not quite get all their planned work finished.
“We did not get through a couple of things this afternoon, nothing too important,” Said Davies. “There was a front tyre from Pirelli that would have been interesting and that is probably the main thing. A couple of different set-ups but you can go to a ten days test and still be trying different set-ups. So we will try it in January. I did not use a Q tyre, or on day one.”