Chaz Davies completed a historic double victory at Magny Cours last weekend.
The Presteigne ace topped the podium in race both races in round 11 of the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) to underline his credentials as a potential title challenger next season.
Davies overcame testing conditions and outwitted Kawasaki riders and championship leaders Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea who were outshone in France.
Davies hailed his third double victory weekend of the season which saw Davies and the Ducati team tested to their limit by the weather conditions.
Davies produced the perfect tyre choice in the wet-to-dry race one before out-pacing his rivals in the dry second race at the French track to complete a memorable weekend.
“It wasn’t easy at all. I took the opportunity when it came, but honestly I didn’t think it was going to happen,” said Davies. “I was struggling early on, doing the same pace as on Friday in the mid 1’38 mark.
“I was also finding it hard to pass the Kawasaki’s, as I couldn’t see where to do it unless I took a big risk, so I had to let the race come to me a little bit.
“It did eventually, and as Jonathan and Tom pushed each other wide at the hairpin, I just took the opportunity and dropped the hammer to put some distance in between myself and them.”
Davies underlined the importance of his double victory, both for himself and the Aruba Ducati team.
“It’s been one of the most important weekends of my career,” said Davies. “We won in very different conditions, reaping the fruits of a lot of hard work with the whole team.”
Davies has already enjoyed his most successful World Superbike campaign of his career with seven wins so far, beating his five wins in 2015, and mathematically remains in title contention by moving to within 81 points of leader Rea with two rounds remaining.