Ducati "missing that last bit" to beat the Kawasakis - Davies

Ducati World Superbike rider Chaz Davies says the team needs more power in order to fight Kawasaki, but was happy with the progress the team made in Thailand.

Davies finished fourth and third in the two races at Buriram, making clear progress overnight as he finished only a tenth behind Kawasaki duo Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea in a thrilling battle in the second encounter.

"I am satisfied with the step [made overnight], I think we were 17 seconds off [the winner in race one], which is unacceptable," said the Welshman.

"We had two separate issues, which we got on top of overnight, and it put us in contention with the Kawasakis [in race two].

"But unfortunately we were missing that last bit to actually put myself in that position to make a pass."

Strong chassis, engine needs work

Davies named engine power as the main area where the Panigale R is still behind the Kawasaki ZX-10Rs and, with the track featuring three long straights, said he expected Buriram to be one of his weakest tracks.

"I'm pretty happy with the chassis and the work we've done on that, but we just need a bit more power to make life a little bit easier," he said.

"That being said, I consider this our weakest track. It's difficult for me and for the bike."

Davies is currently fourth in the WSBK riders' standings, having already amassed a deficit of 40 points to leader Rea.

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Series World Superbike
Event Buriram
Track Chang International Circuit
Drivers Chaz Davies
Teams Ducati Team
Article type Breaking news