An exclusive interview with new factory Ducati World Superbike rider Chaz Davies.
The 26-year-old Welshman spent the early years of his career racing with the likes of Casey Stoner and Leon Camier, before battling uncompetitive machinery in the 125 and 250cc World Championships from 2002-2006.
A switch to the AMA - plus some replacement MotoGP rides at Pramac Ducati - followed before Davies returned to Europe in the World Supersport Championship, where he made an instant impression and went on to win the title in 2011.
That success secured a move to World Superbike on Aprilia machinery, where a race win in his rookie season saw Davies offered a factory-backed BMW ride alongside Marco Melandri for 2013. Chaz claimed six podiums, including three wins, last year and - when BMW announced it was leaving WSBK - was signed by Ducati for its returning factory team...
How's the weather in Wales?
Wet! Our kart track has actually been underwater twice now in the last few weeks which is pretty rare. I was out on the bike earlier though and managed to dodge all the puddles.
Fortunately it seems to be getting a bit better and it'd have to be a serious storm to reach us at the house here so hopefully we'll be OK.
Do you regard yourself as Welsh or British?
I was born in Knighton, Mid Wales, went to school and grew up in Wales and even though where I live is close to the border with England, I do consider myself Welsh first.
I used to speak Welsh from learning it at school but I have to admit a lot of that has gone now. I remember a few phrases but I don't think I'd get very far if someone tested me.
I'm proud to be Welsh and it's great to feel that there's a whole country behind you when you're on track as Welsh bike fans often are.
Have you ever asked for a Welsh flag for the podium?
Actually I did ask once because there are some people who are Welsh like myself and when they saw the Union Jack above my head on the podium felt that a Welsh flag would look better. I was told that for simplicity reasons the Union Jack should cover all members of the Union though.