Chaz Davies does not blame himself after falling while engaged in a titanic tussle for first place on the final lap of the second World Superbike race at Phillip Island.
“I won’t apologise for crashing like that,” the Welshman said in the post-race paddock show.
Davis had tried to out-brake Jonathan Rea at turn four, but he was too late on the throttle and succeeding only in taking himself out of the running, eventually getting back on his back and crossing the line in 10th.
“I usually always back myself on the brakes,” said Davies. “I can brake pretty late and pull it up but there’s a certain limit the front tyre will put up with and I found that.
“As soon as I hit the brakes I knew; I was tight, I was deep and I was asking a lot. I felt like it was a move that I didn’t necessarily have to make. I got blasted down the start finish straight when I was trying to make the break.
I tried to win the race as I wanted to win it,” he continued.
“It was either going to be there. I felt close enough to pass into turn one. Through two, no. It was either going to be through turn four or nine or ten. At nine it has to be absolutely perfect. It’s difficult to get the run there. I don’t think there was that opportunity so it had to be one or the other. I tried it, but…”
Davies also had a move foiled by Rea on the final lap of race one, but even though he was disappointed to miss out on 50 possible championship points, he was taking the positives from the weekend, having been right in the hunt for victory on the final laps of both races.
“That side of it is disappointing but I’m not disappointed with the way I rode,” he added. “I felt like we’ve moved on from last year. Our electronics package is working good. In general I’m very happy with the bike. We just missed that last bit. We want to take home race wins and I think it’s pretty easy to see what that last bit is.”