22 September 2009
Chaz Davies interview.
I've never been to Imola. I used to play it a lot on the computer though! I know it a little from there but the last chicane has changed a little bit, and a few other things, for this weekend.
I've watched the Edwards/Bayliss  title battle at Imola about 20 times on You Tube and my friend is going to bring over the new Superbike game tomorrow just before we leave, so I'll check it out on there. It's got the new layout - I hope it has anyway!
What makes it more difficult is that there is now only one practice session on Friday now and I've got to learn the bike, track, Pirellis...
When was the last time you rode on Pirellis?
2008, but they were the American-spec Pirellis. They are different again, but whatever.
You'll obviously be in the deep end this weekend, what are you expecting?
I don't know really. I'm not putting too much pressure on myself. I just want to go out there and see how quickly I can figure everything out and how quickly I can get up to speed. Just go and have a bit of fun. It's an extra bonus at the end of the year. The AMA season finishes so early, so otherwise I'd be dragging my feet for a few months while there is still racing going on in Europe. So I'll go out there to try and have some fun and see what I can do.
Have you been following World Supersport much this year?
I've seen most of the races, as many as I could. It's been good watching Eugene and Cal. I'm good friends with Eugene and obviously his brother, Michael, goes out with my sister and he's been racing in it as well. So there's been plenty of reasons to watch it and it's been good racing for the most part.
Do you know Garry McCoy much?
I know him and his wife a tiny bit from back in the day, when he was racing for Kawasaki in MotoGP. Nice guy, really chilled out. He's been doing pretty good this year so hopefully I can pick up a couple of things from him.
He was on the podium at Donington. There's been other races where he's been fast but things have happened in the first few laps. He's been podium potential at a few races, so that's pretty promising. I've got 15 kilos to lose to get down to Garry's weight though, I don't think I'll do it in time for the weekend!
Looking further ahead, have you made any plans for next year yet, or is it all up in the air at this stage?
It's all still up in the air. AMA is going through a bit of a strange period over there. Some people are in, some people are out. Same as everywhere really. Nobody wants to put too much money into racing at the moment because of the economy and then the rule changes in AMA have made things doubly hard. That might take a long time to sort out. So we'll see how things go in these three races and see where it leads.
Next year will see the start of the new Moto2 class in grand prix, what are your thoughts on that?
It looks cool. It looks really good. I like the idea of what they are doing with the class, making it cheap and competitive. And Fair. Which it hasn't been for a long time. I think it'll be good racing. I want to see a bike up close, because I'm pretty tall so if they are dwarf size... It's no good trying to ride a bike you don't fit. I want to see one in the flesh and then maybe if I'm interested I'll see if I can have a go myself. I just have a feeling the bikes are going to be really small. The same sort of direction the 250s were going. When I rode 250, the Aprilias were getting smaller and smaller.
You used to race against Leon Camier and Casey Stoner in the 125 British Championship, and have remained friends, what have you made of their seasons?
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