Davies: Strategy cost us

Aruba.it Ducati team rider Chaz Davies says their strategy choice in Sunday’s World Superbike race cost him ending higher up the grid than his fifth place finish in Assen.

In Race One on Saturday at the Dutch circuit, Davies finished in second place behind Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea but in Race Two on Sunday, which Rea won, conditions were tricky with half-wet half-dry conditions and tyre selection and when to change them played an important role.

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In an interview after Race Two, Davies said he was disappointed with his fifth place finish after doing so well in Race One and blamed their strategy.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t choose the best strategy. I thought the Kawasaki’s pitted in a bit too early, as the track was still slippery, but we waited too long,” said Davies.

“I’m disappointed, because another good result was within our reach. The positive thing is that, since the WUP, we were really competitive and made another step forward in the dry compared with yesterday.

“I’m looking forward to Imola, it’s our home race and I hope to make it a memorable one for all the ducatisti.”