World Superbike: Chaz Davies Picks Up Where He Left Off At Laguna Seca

Davies tops day one of World Supers at dry lake

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Chaz Davies feels right at home at Laguna Seca... Can the Ducati rider pull off another World Superbike double this weekend?Photo by Andrea Wilson

MONTEREY, CA, JULY 8 - Chaz Davies started day one of World Superbikes at Laguna Seca exactly how he left it last year – on top. The Ducati rider bested Kawasaki Racing Team's Jonathan Rea by .074 of a second to set the top time of the day, a 1:23.622. Davies was pleased with his fast start to the weekend, but the Welshman felt there was room to improve.

“So far so good. It’s seems like we’re on good pace from the first laps this morning and we’re just chipping away," Davies said. "I think we can improve a bit as well tomorrow. I felt like some places we were a little bit front heavy and other places a little bit rear heavy, so we just need to balance it out a little bit. Also we’ve got an engine change overnight to a fresher engine, not a new engine. I think that should help us.”

Rea was also working on the balance of the bike, but held his cards a little closer to his chest.

“No major issues, just working on the bike really; gathered some information,” Rea said. “Tonight we’ll sit down and understand exactly how it is. It feels okay, I feel good with the bike, it’s just that here the grip level’s not so high, compared to Misano.”

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Jonathan Rea (1) was right on Davies' heels, trailing by .074 of second.Photo by Andrea Wilson

Honda World Superbike Team’s Nicky Hayden also got his weekend off to a good start, moving up into third in the final moments of the session, trailing Davies by .244 of a second. The American was happy to be in the top three, but it was not an easy day at the office.

“You know to be honest it hasn't been as smooth as I hoped,” Hayden said. “We've had a few more problems than I’ve hoped with the electronics. It’s been a bit frustrating because I’ve been up and down. But there at the end we were able to put in new tires and I cut it a little close to improve my lap time. For sure the pace is not what we hoped, but not a disastrous first day. It’s good to be back at Laguna.”

In fourth was Rea’s teammate Tom Sykes ahead of fellow Brit Alex Lowes on the Pata Yamaha. Lowes crashed in the afternoon session and was unable to improve on his morning time because there was not enough time in the session to get his bike back together and on track.

Davies’ Italian teammate Davide Guigliano was sixth and the last rider to drop into the 1:23s. Althea BMW’s Jordi Torres finished the day seventh, followed by IodaRacing Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori. Rounding out the top 10 was Barni Racing Ducati’s Xavi Fores and Niccolo Canepa on the other Pata Yamaha.

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Nicky Hayden is also quite fond of Laguna Seca, but it wasn't the smooth first day the "Kentucky Kid" was hoping for.Photo by Andrea Wilson

2016 World Superbike Misano Day One Combined Results:

  1. Chaz Davies (GBR) Racing Ducati 1:23.622

  2. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki Racing Team 1:23.696

  3. Nicky Hayden (USA) Honda World Superbike Team 1:23.866

  4. Tom Sykes (GBR) Kawasaki Racing Team 1:23.891

  5. Alex Lowes (GBR) Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team 1:23.912

  6. Davide Giugliano (ITA) Racing Ducati 1:23.978

  7. Jordi Torres (ESP) Althea BMW Racing Team 1:24.022

  8. Lorenzo Savadori (ITA) IodaRacing Team Aprilia 1:24.106

  9. Xavi Fores (ESP) Barni Racing Team Ducati 1:24.130

  10. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team 1:24.310

  11. Michael van der Mark (NED) Honda World Superbike Team 1:24.317

  12. Alex De Angelis (RSM) IodaRacing Team Aprilia 1:24.333

  13. Leon Camier (GBR) MV Agusta Reparto Corse 1:24.504

  14. Karel Abraham (CZE) Milwaukee BMW 1:25.066

  15. RaffaeleDe Rosa (DeR) Althea BMW Racing Team 1:25.210

  16. Anthony West (AUS) Pedercini Kawasaki 1:25.212

  17. Josh Brookes (AUS) Milwaukee BMW 1:25.246

  18. Roman Ramos (ESP) Team GoEleven 1:25.269

  19. Dominic Schmitter (SUI) Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki 1:26.281

  20. Fabio Menghi (ITA) VFT Racing Ducati 1:27.193

  21. Saeed Al Sulati (QAT) Pedercini Kawasaki 1:27.501

  22. Pawel Szkopek (POL) Team Toth Yamaha 1:27.548

  23. Peter Sebestyen (HUN) Team Toth Yamaha 1:28.227

  24. Gianluca Vizziello (RSA) Grillini Racing Kawasaki 1:28.305