He had dominated previous editions of the Italian round, but this time Chaz Davies was forced to give in to Johnny Rea. There was nothing the Welshman could do in race 2, except settle for second place behind the Cannibal. The disappointment on the Aruba rider's face is clear to see, considering the missed opportunity.
“i couldn't do any more, I'm disappointed because I'd hoped to confirm the performance of the last two years at Imola, such a special track where the public is so passionate”.
Chaz explains the issues he had.
“Right from Friday I didn't have the sensations I'd hoped for, so it was hard to achieve the maximum result- Yesterday, I made two mistakes while today the heat tested us. The problem wasn't so much keeping the Panigale on the ground, but rather trying to find the right stability after each corner. Each time I exited a turn, the bike was hard to control”.
The performance of the Kawasaki didn't particularly come as a surprise to the rider.
“Maybe they were suffering with some tracks at the start of the year, perhaps Phillip Island and Buriram aren't best suited to the ZX-10RR. But in the last two rounds they had real potential, getting the best out of their package. Today, once Rea had passed me, I tried to stick with him but then I realised it would be risky”.