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Ducati MotoGP tests for Chaz Davies

"I've also got three tests a year on the Ducati MotoGP bike written into my contract so we'll see what comes of that" - Chaz Davies.
New factory Ducati World Superbike signing Chaz Davies will also take part in three MotoGP tests a year for the Italian factory.

The 2011 World Supersport champion revealed the deal during an interview with Crash.net, in which he was asked for his thoughts on one day returning to MotoGP.

The Welshman raced privateer machinery in the 125 and 250cc grand prix classes from 2002-2006 before switching to the AMA, but was then called up for three MotoGP starts as a stand-in at Pramac Ducati in 2007 (pictured).

Davies returned to Europe full time in 2010, where he went on to win the WSS crown in his second season before graduating to World Superbike. Davies has so far claimed four WSBK victories, for Aprilia and BMW.

Asked if he still has MotoGP ambitions, the 26-year-old - who has signed a two-year factory Ducati WSBK contract - replied: “Yeah, I think everybody does and I'm no different but before going there I want to succeed at what I'm doing. I don't feel that I need to be there as soon as possible, I'm totally focused on this opportunity I've got with Ducati.

“If a really good MotoGP chance came along it'd be difficult not to consider it because it's the big show. I've been in that paddock before though and you really have to go there in the right environment with the right team and right people because it can be a long season if you don't.

“Hopefully though I can go back there one day. I've already had a little bit of contact with the Ducati in MotoGP a few years ago so I know what it's all about. I've also got three tests a year on the Ducati MotoGP bike written into my contract so we'll see what comes of that.

“That was one thing they agreed to and it'll be interesting to be part of that... I'm just looking forward to giving my feedback on it.”

Asked what advice he would like to have given himself at the beginning of his career, Davies gave an insight into life as a 250cc privateer in what was then an open tyre class (although Dunlop supplied all riders).




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Davies, Jerez WSBK test, November 2013
Davies, Australian MotoGP 2007
Stoner and Davies, Valencia MotoGP 2012
Davies, San Marino MotoGP 2012
Bradley Smith tries a 250cc Aprilia (Pic: Ben Davies, SMARTFotos).
Davies, AMA Supersport, U.S. MotoGP 2009
Davies, AMA Supersport, U.S. MotoGP 2009
Bostrom and Davies, AMA Supersport, U.S. MotoGP 2009
Stoner and Davies, USA MotoGP 2009
Stoner and Davies, U.S. MotoGP 2009
Alan Davies, British 125GP Race 2008
Alan Davies, British MotoGP 2008
Alan Davies, British MotoGP 2008
Alan Davies, British MotoGP 2008
Alan Davies, British MotoGP 2008
Alan Davies and Ross Noble, British MotoGP 2008
Alan Davies, British MotoGP 2008
Alan Davies, British MotoGP 2008

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ProfessorX

January 16, 2014 6:44 PM

Given how good Chaz was vs Melandri last year, I have to think if Ducati sort their bike out, Chaz could be pretty successful in WSBK. A shame Spies isn't racing in WSBK, it would be interesting to see those two side by side.

TalentFan

January 20, 2014 1:16 PM

Its a terrible truth to face that in International Motorcycle Racing we fans can simply never know that the winner truly deserves the plaudits or whether a 15th place finisher is the guy doing unsung wonders with 2nd class support. The only guy in MotoGP who won races for certain while riding not the absolute BEST on track with him is Stoner. But in general the status quo is pretty much established before they line up due to politics. Horrible to have to acknowledge that we've all been had, isn't it? Chas is one of many who I think would have tasted a lot more champagne if things were actually fair & sporting.



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