Chaz Davies looking to bounce back in Thailand.

Chaz Davies Hit By Back Issue In First Superbikes Test Of Year

Chaz Davies was hampered by a back problem as he finished his first World Superbikes test of the year in Spain.

The Knighton-born rider had crashed on the opening day of the two-day test in Jerez de la Frontera on Wednesday.

But Davies insisted that the spill was not the cause of the back issue which restricted him to just 58 laps overall compared to the 103 racked up by new Racing team-mate Alvaro Bautista.

“We focused on the engine, and in the end the lap time was OK given the short amount of time we had on track, but I think we could have made bigger improvements,” said Davies who finished the test 10th fastest on his new Panigale V4R bike.

“Unfortunately, it’s been a tricky day. I just felt some pain in my back yesterday.

“It had nothing to do with the crash, but it got worse overnight. I managed to get treatment twice so I was still able to get some laps in, which was very important.”

Chaz Davies is getting to grips with his new bike ahead of new season.

“It seems we’re going in the right direction. Next stop is Portimão, a completely different track, and the foremost priority will be to complete our full program before we head to Australia.”

Davies’ best time was 1:40.621 though he completed just 18 laps on the final day.

The next test is in Portimao in Portugal next week ahead of the season opener in Australia next month.


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