Ducati duo raring to go in California

Ducati’s Chaz Davies is itching to get back on the track at this weekend’s World Superbike World Championship race at Laguna Seca.

Davies has been sidelined since a crash in race one at Misano in the last round left him with a fracture of the third lumbar vertebra and a contusion to his left thumb.

The Welshman has undergone intense physiotherapy since in a bid to recover from the injuries in time for Round 8 in California this weekend, but will need to be examined and cleared by the medical director and given formal clearance to race.

Davies has enjoyed great success previously at Laguna Seca, with two wins and two other podiums in his career.

“I’ve been doing physiotherapy every day for the past two weeks, and my conditions have constantly improved,” he said.

“I feel generally pretty good, and the back is not bothering me particularly. We just need to wait for the official ‘thumbs up’ from the medical staff. Honestly, I can’t wait to ride again.

“It’s been a bit frustrating not to be able to train since Misano, but I didn’t want to make anything worse. I want to take advantage of the next few days to wake my body up again.

“Laguna Seca is a great track, it triggers many a great memories, and its atmosphere is fantastic. Maybe I’ll be a bit limited physically, but if we manage to find a comfortable setup that allows the bike to hit the marks without forcing too much we can aim high, so I’m confident.”

Davies’ Aruba.it Racing team mate Marco Melandri is also raring to go in California, having achieved a win back here in 2014.

Melandri, who won Race 2 in Misano last time out, is eager to achieve more consistency.

“Laguna Seca is one of my favorite races. I enjoy the track, and most of all the whole California vibe: the climate, the landscapes, and the fans’ attitude. The track itself is small but fast, with many direction and elevation changes. It’s complete and challenging,” he said.

“In the past two weeks I trained and recharged. I feel great and this is the right moment to resume action. I believe we stepped it up a notch at Misano, and we can be competitive on each track from now on. Now I ride a bike that is more suitable for my style.”