Ducati’s Chaz Davies has branded his race two win today as ‘important’, following a largely difficult weekend for the Welsh rider.

Whilst battling hard for the win in race one, on a bike not quite behaving as it should, Davies crashed at the final corner and gave championship rival Jonathan Rea a 55-point advantage coming into today’s race.

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Starting from 10th as a result, Davies had his work cut out, and in the opening stages he struggled to carve his way through the riders ahead of him. Eventually finding his way on to the back of Rea, Davies kept the Northern Irishman at bay for his first win of the season.

Despite edging Rea for the first time this year, Davies isn’t convinced the Panigale R is at the level it should be.

“The whole weekend has been difficult, from start to finish, so it was really important to cap it with a win, especially after yesterday’s disappointment,” he said.

“We were confident our bike would be fast at Aragon, but it wasn’t easy at all out there today and our main rivals seem relatively comfortable. So we know there’s still work to do in many areas.

“Today we suffered a bit with grip early on. Also, the wind was really strong. It kept pushing me away from corners and in the last lap I got caught by a gust going into Turn 5 and I missed a backshift, going a bit wide, but we still managed to finish in front.”

Davies’ win sees him claw back five crucial points on Rea, putting him 50 points down in second. The Welshman hopes tomorrow’s test will give the team the boost they need to be more competitive for Assen in three weeks’ time.

“We’re competitive but it’s still not enough, so we need to keep working to improve. Tomorrow’s test will be very important for us but, for now, we’re going to enjoy this victory.”

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