Chaz Davies © Gallo Images
Chaz Davies said he was reasonably happy with second place in the first race in Thailand on Saturday, although he admitted it would be tough to match the pace set by winner Jonathan Rea.
The Welsh Superbikes ace, who started in fifth place, came in second at the Chang International Circuit after a heated battle with Rea’s Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes.
Reflecting on Race One, the Aruba.it rider said, “Looking at the big picture I’m pleased with today’s performance, but I wanted to win. This morning I thought we might be close, but by the end our pace is just not good enough. Especially at the beginning of the race, I can’t push the bike to that level, but not only that, I got shuffled in a little bit behind and struggled to pass. I think there are a number of things we need to look at. Who knows if it’s something we can turn around overnight, but it’s going to be a little bit tough.”
“In the late laps I was good enough to recover to get second, but not without a struggle. It wasn’t really a fantastic feeling out there. I felt like I was losing in the first and second section which is a little bit of a surprise to me, but we’ll have to see what went wrong and draw on more tomorrow.”
The new grid reshuffling rules mean Davies will start on the third row of the grid on Sunday, which he admitted would be a challenge.
“Starting eighth tomorrow is going to make it even more difficult or more interesting,” he added.