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Davies: I never imagined a day like this!
10 September 2012
Chaz Davies has paid tribute to his ParkinGO MTC Aprilia team after claiming a superb first World Superbike Championship win on the day it was confirmed that he is BMW-bound for 2013.
The Superbike rookie has been a standout performer aboard the little-fancied privateer RSV4 this year, the Welshman overcoming a sluggish start to his maiden campaign to come on strong in recent rounds.
Having already scored a pair of podiums heading to Germany, Davies was in magnificent race form once again as he turned around an average tenth place starting position to get himself into the podium fight during the opening encounter.
Eventually finishing third in an Aprilia 1-2-3, there was more to come from Davies in race two as he scaled to third on the opening lap before overtaking Tom Sykes and capitalising on Marco Melandri's crash ahead to assume a lead he wouldn't lose.
A poignant landmark for both rider and team, it was fitting that Davies would be revealed as Melandri's BMW team-mate for 2013 shortly after he stepped off the podium.
Indeed, the Giuliano Rovelli-helmed team can be credited for reviving Davies's career when they gave him a late-season shot on a World Supersport Triumph in 2009, the Welshman sticking with the outfit on the way to the WSS title in 2011 and subsequently into Superbikes. As such, he dedicated his win to the team.
“Well I could never imagine a day like this! It's not as easy as it looks but at the end we found an incredible feeling. I want to thank all my team that has given me such a competitive bike.
“I knew already in race one that it was a question of having a good start to achieve a good result. In race 2 though I did it and it allowed me to be in top five straight from the start. From there I understood I could do it.
“When Melandri passed Sykes I got worried because Sykes was slowing down a bit, but then Marco crashed and I knew that I didn't have to push too much as I was going well already.
“I realised that things were getting difficult because it was very easy to do a mistake and crash, a lot of riders went down; my bike though was great and thanks to my team I was able to ride smoothly and clean. Excellent job!”
A momentous day for Rovelli too, the team owner also made reference to Davies's subsequent move to a factory-assisted team, saying he 'deserves' his breakthrough.
“We have achieved a dream, taking a bike of a private team to win a WSBK race. The team has done a great job and this is the only way to achieve these kind of goals. As usual Chaz has been great and he deserves everything is happening to him now and in the future.”
The highest-scoring rider at the Nurburgring, Davies's haul of 41 points lifts him from 11th to eighth in the overall standings.
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