Welshman Chaz Davies thinks he has good a chance as anyone at doing a number on multiple WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea in 2021 but states it will take 'commitment from every angle' to pull it off.
Davies moved into the satellite GoEleven Ducati team over winter as Michael Rinaldi got promotion into the factory team but the three-times series bridesmaid has almost a works bike with which to challenge the mighty Kawasakis.
"It needs commitment from every angle, that's what it boils down to. The way that he has been able to put together his championships has been very impressive, even when he was on the back foot two years ago," Davies told bikesportnews.com.
"You're up against a team and a rider who know where they are at, and even if you have a faster guy one day, they see to have the edge over the season. They know their standing at all times.
"It's very difficult because obviously Kawasaki are in Superbike with full commitment, no MotoGP, and to me that makes a difference. A lot of it boils down to that, they have one focus and it does make a difference."
Although Davies is no longer a works rider, the team are well supported by Bologna and Davies has a new crew chief in the shape of Pete Jennings, formerly of everywhere and a useful Supersport rider back when all this was fields.
I'm starting on what I essentially finished last year riding. There haven't been many updates in general from Bologna, so our base is our base which obviously finished well last year.
"We have been working a lot on our setup over the spring so the bike itself should be one that I know and in terms of what I have and what I miss, there is a little bit of personnel and technical support but in terms of the package, it's one that I know.
"It's very easy to say I'm going to challenge for the championship but even if I was in Jonathan's position I'd still be saying I hope to be somewhere near. I won't make big comments like I'm going to be right up there.
"Obviously I'm in a different scenario this year but my goals are still the same. We are all up against the most successful guy in the history of the sport and I believe I have as a good a chance as anyone else of beating him - provided Ducati come up with the material and support, and don't stop progression.
"I stayed because I feel I can still win at world championship level. You're only as good as your last race and I won that. I feel like sometimes I am potentially not considered as a challenger but I think that I have got closer to Jonathan than anyone else in the last six years. I still think I have a lot to give."