Aruba Ducati’s Chaz Davies believes that changes made to the Panigale V4R at Laguna and more tweaks at the weekend’s Portimao WorldSBK test mean it is a different bike to the one on which he started the year.
Although there were no signficant new parts available in Portugal, Davies feels the overall package is now the best it has been and he is optimistic about the three races when the circus returns in a weekend’s time.
“The most important thing is when we started here in January and how I felt then, and coming here and how I feel now, it’s positive and it’s been good to verify everything and the gains we have made,” said Davies, speaking at Portimao.
We have worked on chassis mostly, a little bit of electronics, but no introduction parts from that side. We had a couple of chassis parts.
“Portimao throws up different challenges for the bike, trying to get the stability out of it, but I’m really happy with how it has gone.
“I think the work we have done at the test and the gains we made at Laguna have given me a bit of a spring in my step, and the bike feels different to the one I have been riding all season. I’m leaving here with a lot of optimism.”