Powys flier Davies celebrates a second podium in California.

Davies Dreaming Of Better Things After California Double Podium

Chaz Davies is confident his Ducati team are back on the right track after bagging a double podium in Laguna Seca.

The Knighton-born rider finished second in both races to reigning three-time champ Jonathan Rea.

And though Davies could not stop the Ulsterman moving closer to a fourth straight title, he was happy with his form after some disappointing recent results.

The 31-year-old, who also claimed pole position for the opening race on Saturday, said: “All in all, we can be happy with this round.

“The goal is always to win, but it’s good to be back at the front and I feel we got the best out of myself and the package this weekend.

“We’re back at the sharp end after a couple of tough rounds. We’re not too far away from our main rivals, we just need to fine tune some details.

Davies in storming form at Laguna Seca. Pic: Aruba.it Racing

Davies, who started Sunday’s race from the third row after his second place on Saturday, added: “I got a good start but, to be honest, I was twitching a bit with the front in the early laps and I wasn’t even pushing that hard.

“Then things levelled down, I got into my rhythm and climbed back to second.

“We’ve made strides in the areas in which we’ve been struggling recently, so we just have to go to Misano and see if we can polish up those final details.”

Davies’ two second places consolidated his second place in the standings with 245 points – 75 points adrift of Kawasaki rival Rea.

The ninth round of the championship at Misano in Italy in on July 6-8.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 2nd
Davies 2018 Results

Rd 1: Australia (Phillip Island) Qualified: 5th
Race 1: 3rd Race 2: DNF (crash)
Championship Position: 7th – 16 points (1st Marco Melandri 50points)

Rd 2: Thailand (Buriram) Qual: 9th
Race 1: 3rd Race 2: 1st
Champ Pos: 4th – 57 pts (1st Jonathan Rea – 69pts)

Rd 3; Aragon (spain) Qual: 11th
Race 1 (Restarted) 2nd Race 2: 1st
Champ Pos: 2nd – 102 pts (1st Rea – 114pts)

Rd 4: Dutch (Assen) Qual: 8th
Race 1: 3rd Race 2: 5th
Champ Pos: 2nd – 129 pts (1st Rea – 159pts)

Rd 5: Italian (Imola) Qual: 3rd.
Race 1: 4th Race 2: 2nd
Champ Pos: 2nd 162 pts (1st Rea – 209pts)

Rd 6: GB (Donington Park) Qual: 10th
Race 1: 8th Race 2: 5th
Champ Pos: 2nd 181 pts (1st Rea – 245pts)

Rd 7: Czech (Brno) Qual: 9th
Race 1: 8th Race 2: 3rd
Champ Pos: 2nd 205 pts (1st Rea 270pts)

Rd 8: US (Laguna Seca) Qual: 1st
Race 1: 2nd; Race 2: 2nd
Champ Pos: 2nd 245 pts (1st Rea 320pts)

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