Davies turns his attention to the World Superbikes opener

Chaz Davies is now fully focussed on the opening round of the World Superbike championships after wrapping up his three final days of pre-season testing.

The Mid Wales star was out in Spain with Team Go Eleven, getting the laps in on his Ducati Panigale V4RS, at circuits in Aragon and Navarra.

Davies, from Presteigne, left the continent "feeling really positive", especially after getting to grips with the Navarra track for the first time, which is new to the World SBK calendar.

The 34-year-old climbed aboard his light-blue Panigale to race around Aragon, on Tuesday and Wednesday, before heading to Navarra on Friday.

Davies said: "These three days have been really really positive, I am very happy to have had the opportunity to be back to Aragon.

"Thanks to the Go Eleven Team for making that happen.

"It was good for us to work together again as a team for a couple more days on track and obviously to get a little bit more data ahead of the first race there in a couple of weeks. That was really positive!

"Then we moved to Navarra. It was really important to get in contact with this new circuit.

"It's a really bumpy and narrow one, but the layout is quite good and I enjoyed it.

"We had no issues with weather, it has been good training in preparation for the season – and there is nothing quite like riding the superbike.

"Overall, I feel in a good place, but to be honest I am ready to finish testing now and go to the first race."

In Aragon, the team concentrated their work on the front of the bike, focusing on the race pace, which included completing two race simulations, with different tyre compounds, so Davies could get a better understanding of the bike. There was also the qualifying tyre test.

The track conditions were not great, due to the rain that had fallen in the days before, but the Welsh rider left the circuit confident he could start competing "seriously" with the frontrunners once the flag drops.

Davies then got to grips with the Navarra track, in the hills of north-eastern Spain, which includes plenty of corners, which need to be taken in first gear.

Despite being a bumpy circuit, especially when braking, by the afternoon the team had found a good set up.

The goal of the day, however, was to get to know the track and its tricks, ready for the race in August.

And as conditions will be very different when the team return in three month's time, it meant the lap times were not as significant.

Team manager Denis Sacchetti said: "At the end of each test day, the harmony of our staff inside the garage improves, and at the same time the feeling of Chaz with his Ducati.

"Returning to Aragon was the right choice because we were able to conclude the work started in the first two days, and we feel ready for the start of the season.

"It was important to in Navarra to learn the track and understand its characteristics. It certainly has a very different configuration from all the other circuits in the world championship.

"Now we have the data to prepare us for August, even if the temperatures will be very different from those encountered today.

"We are all very motivated, the desire is great and we can't wait to get to Aragon."

The opening round of the World SBK campaign takes place in Aragon, May 21-23.

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