NAVARRA DAY 1; BACK IN THE GAME!
WorldSBK is back in action and Chaz Davies, alongside with Team Go Eleven, proves to be competitive and consistently fast on Friday in Navarra.
In FP 1 the riders face the ups and downs of the Los Arcos circuit for the first time ever, looking for the right set-up to soften the tricks of the track. The many bumps, also visible through the screen, immediately put the protagonists to the test. Chaz and the Go Eleven Team found the right pace right from the beginning, so much so that the light-blue Ducati number 7 was among the top 6, improving its laptime lap after lap. Towards the end of the session Chaz touches the low 38, entering the Top 6.
Free Practice 1:
P 1 J. Rea 1.37.629
P 2 T. Razgatlioglu +0.123
P 3 S. Redding. +0.164
P 6 C. Davies +0.600
In FP 2 the sun shines strongly above Navarre with its 32 degrees in the air, almost 50 on the asphalt. After a small problem at the beginning of the session, that forced Go Eleven to loose the first 10 minutes, Chaz tested a new tyre solution, both at the front and at the rear, in order to obtain as much data as possible in view of the two main races. In the afternoon, due to the higher temperatures, hardly anyone was able to be close to the times of the morning. However, the Welsh rider finished again in the top six, finding a certain consistency in performance in the various conditions, limiting the gap to around half a second.
Free Practice 2:
P 1 T. Razgatlioglu 1.38.134
P 2 S. Redding + 0.219
P 3 M. Rinaldi + 0.336
P 6 C. Davies + 0.502
With a view to Saturday, the technical staff will work to improve a few tenths, focusing mainly on the confidence on the front. For tomorrow, no strategies, only one goal: to have a good Superpole!
FP 3: 09.00 – 09.30
Race 1: 14.00
Chaz Davies (Rider):
“Pretty solid day, I am happy to be back in Top 6. Obviously, in Most it was a lot more difficult, but now the bike seems to work reasonably well. There is a little bit to improve myself and clean up, but overall the starting point was a positive one. We need to work a bit with the guys tonight, to see what to improve and what we can make. We have to decide the tyre plan for tomorrow, too. Overall I am much happier than the last time, and physically I feel a good step better!”
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