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Davies preparing for WSBK step up

Chaz Davies is looking forward to getting his hands on the Ducati 1198 as he prepares for his World Superbike graduation.
Chaz Davies is looking forward to making his World Superbike Championship debut in 2012 aboard a latest specification Ducati 1198.

The Welshman, who romped to the 2011 World Supersport Championship title with ParkinGO, will step up to the Superbike class for the first time with the same team next season aboard a twin-cylinder Ducati.

Indeed, ParkinGO have bold plans for its WSBK venture, purchasing a 2012-specification 1198 and enlisting the help of Lucio Nicastro as manager and Alberto Colombo as its technical director.

"The plan is to move into Superbike with Chaz," said ParkinGO owner Giuliano Rovelli. "We will have new 1198 machines. We have ordered them directly from Ducati, so they will be brand new. The team that I have already confirmed is Lucio Nicastro, my right hand/team manager and the technical director of the team will be Alberto 'Moro' Colombo.

“We will have an engineer and an electronics engineer from Ducati Corse. We will use Öhlins suspension and we are now planning our winter test schedule."

An exciting time for Davies, he believes the prospect of having Nicastro and Colombo on board will give him a great opportunity to hit the ground running.

"I rode a Ducati 800 before but it is going to be a million miles away from what this is. Only the brand will be the same. I rode a twin once before for a season in AMA, just not a Ducati. To start in Superbike with all the personnel, like Moro and Lucio and two guys from Ducati - you cannot really ask for a better start."


Tagged as: Ducati , Chaz Davies , parkingo

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pp916 - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 5:58 PM

Nobody is running the new Panigale in WSB next year, it will only appear in superstock form. Chaz will have the current model, along with Checa and all the rest, the only variance being the level of support from Ducati. In Chaz's case that seems pretty good with 2 factory technicians and an Ohlins rep assigned to the team so assuming he adapts to the V twin he should be in a good position.



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