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Chaz Davies talks first BMW test
7 November 2012
Difficult weather conditions continued throughout BMW Italia's two-day Jerez test, which marked the debut of Chaz Davies on the factory-backed S1000RR.
“Unfortunately we didn't have the weather we were hoping for; it would have been nice to have consistent conditions no matter if wet or dry but that wasn't the case so it was a little bit challenging,” explained Davies, the 2011 World Supersport champion and race winner in his rookie 2012 World Superbike season for ParkinGO Aprilia.
“I think I need to start steadily; I wouldn't be on the pace after one test even in perfect conditions. We need to keep working and hopefully we will have better luck with the weather at the next test.
“My first impression of the bike is very good. When I tried the bike for the first time, there were no surprises at all, which is always nice. The RR is very well balanced; it has a lot of power and a lot of options to control the power. So far, we have mostly worked on finding my riding position.
“The BMW Motorrad team is really great. I knew a few of the guys before but not too many of them so it was good to meet everybody. I have to learn a lot of new names with so many people in the garage but I am sure that I will get there soon.
“Everybody is so friendly and welcoming and obviously good at their job, so it is a pleasure to work with the team.”
Davies was joined at the test by team-mate and 2012 title contender Marco Melandri.
But while the Welshman could at least get to know his new team and machine, Melandri - preparing for his second BMW season - spent much of the time waiting for clearer conditions in order to evaluate new parts.
“Unfortunately we could not ride that much because of the weather. The track was never really dry or really wet, it was always in-between so we could not do as many laps as we planned but had to wait in the garage for some time,” said the Italian.
“We hope to have more luck and better weather at the next test. Anyway, it was nice to be at the race track, to meet up and work with the team again.
“It was also good to test with my new team-mate Chaz for the first time. It is interesting to know what he thinks about our RR. As a person, I think he is a good guy and I feel that we will get on very well.”
Team principal Serafino Foti added: “Our riders did different jobs: Marco tried some new components to improve the bike, but unfortunately it was impossible to evaluate all available material.
“For Chaz it was the first test with the BMW family. He used it to become familiar with his RR and to find the right settings and riding position for the bike.
“We hope to have better conditions at the next tests, because it is very important to keep up with our work programme.
“Regardless, the test was good for consolidating the new team structure. All the guys have done a great job and there was a positive and confident atmosphere in our garage. We are very motivated to start the new season.”
BMW Italia has become the official S1000RR team following the closure of the factory squad.