The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team head to this weekend’s World Superbike event in Spain with their rider Chaz Davies having won three times at MotorLand Aragon.
In 2016, Davies won both races at the circuit and in 2015 won the second race and finished second in Race One while teammate Marco Melandri also enjoys racing in Spain having won there before and picking up second and third place finishes.
WorldSBK vuelve a Europa #WSBK en ARAGÓN, ESPAÑA La pista en las afueras de Alcañiz evoca buenos recuerdos para el equipo, que con #ChazDavies recogió tres victorias y un segundo puesto en el último par de temporadas.#MarcoMelandri también tiene un récord favorable en Aragón, en el que anotó dos victorias y tres podios en WorldSBK. En Thailandia, después de dos rondas, Davies (70 puntos) y Melandri (45 puntos) son, respectivamente, 2º y 5º en la clasificación general. El Racing Aruba.it – Ducati reanuda la acción este viernes 31 de marzo, a las 09:45 (CET) para la primera sesión de entrenamientos libres. #forzaducati #DucatiPanigaleR #Ducati2017
After two events in the WSBK rider standings, Davies is in second place with 70 points and Melandri is fifth with 45 both well behind Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea on 100 points with four wins in as many starts.
In an interview carried by the SBK website, Davies said he was keen to get racing in Europe again adding that he was glad to be back at Aragon were he has enjoyed good results.
"I'm looking forward to getting back to racing in Europe. In a way, things kind of reset at this point and the season gets in full swing," said Davies. "The first two rounds are always a bit different. Aragon is a track I’ve always had good success at, for one reason or another, but of course, we still want to improve and take the next steps forward.
"This round represents an important chance for us to establish our base for the rest of the season and sort of see where we’re really at. Anyway, we’re in a lot better position compared with last year in terms of points collected.
"It was disappointing to crash like that in Race 2 in Thailand; it’s strange how it unfolded but we also got lucky with the red flags. We’re second in the championship, but of course, we want to finish in better positions."
Team-mate Melandri said he was happy to return to the familiar track in Spain.
"I'm happy to return to Europe, on more familiar track," Melandri said, "The first two rounds were tough, but also rewarding. The team has done really well at Aragon in the recent past, so it’s an important round for all of us.
"I also won twice there, but on the previous layout with the final hairpin. We did quite well there in the winter tests, even though we changed our base since then.
"I expected to be more competitive on used tyres in Thailand but our closest rivals had something extra, so Aragon will represent a good benchmark for us. It will be difficult to escape anyway, I expect a close finish. Physically I feel great and I think we can be competitive."