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Davies getting up to speed at BMW

Chaz Davies completes two days of dry mileage at Jerez as he continues to get acquainted with the BMW Italia S1000RR.
Chaz Davies says there is still much work to do before he gets fully up to speed with his new BMW S1000RR machine, but the Welshman was otherwise pleased with the progress made during two days of testing at Jerez.

The Nurburgring race winner made his BMW debut in a test at Aragon earlier in November, but his outing was hampered by inclement weather conditions. On this occasion, Davies managed two days of dry running, though a planned third day on track was again rained off.

Indeed, Davies admits the winter testing period has been 'difficult' due to the lack of dry mileage, but he feels he is happy to be making gains each time he gets on the bike.

“The 2012 winter testing was quite difficult for me. Out of seven days in total, we had only two days in the dry. These last two days were very important for me. In Aragon I got an initial feeling for the bike in the dry, but here I really had a lot of track time, which helped me to get used to the BMW S 1000 RR, the working system and the team.

“We made good progress, and I am confident that I will make further progress when I get some more time on the bike. So far, I am not on the limit. Once I am close to the limit, I am sure we can improve a lot. We will continue to work methodically, and I am already looking forward to jumping on the RR again.

“Over the next couple of weeks I will stay at home and step up my training. Depending on the weather, I might go to Tenerife in January to find consistent conditions for preparing for the season.”

Davies's best lap time at Jerez was 1min 42.716, just under two seconds slower than BMW Italia team-mate Marco Melandri.


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Penelope Pitstop - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 10:04 PM

MDZane is absolutely correct. Furthermore 2 sec at this stage of the season is completely irrelevant. Chaz said that he is not at the limit and being at the limit is not what he is interested in, not yet, there's plenty of time for that. Chaz has been around for some time in 125's, 250's, MotoGP, AMA, WSS and WSB and he knows what he is about. When the time comes he will be right there bashing fairings with the top guys. 2013 WSB promises to be another cracking year for the sport, I can hardly wait! Go for it, Chaz!

MdZane - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 12:45 PM

Gonna point out for Chaz to be 2 seconds behind Marco is not a million miles away,last year on the Aprilia he could be that on a Friday but on Sunday this guy would be bashing fairings with the leaders. Bit of a shame Max took so long to hang up his leathers would have liked to have seen the Chaz Aprilia combination.



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