Chaz Davies: A tough ride to the top

“I had an opportunity to sub in MotoGP. It was a good opportunity but people know the story of how good the bike was. Also without testing and just getting there and having to race it was unequal again.”

Several years followed racing Supersport and Superbike machinery in America and it was then that Chaz started to understand what was needed to return to the world stage.

“In 2009 and 2010 things clicked, not so much in 2009, but I learnt a few things that year which helped me out. I didn't win any races but that gave me the opportunity to improve my results the following year with Triumph. It was beginning to understand what makes me tick, what makes me fast and everything else.”

Things have been going in the right direction since then. In terms of career shaping I'd say 2009 / 10 [were the most valuable.]”

Although he is more than content with his current situation he still feels a desire to prove himself in the Grand Prix paddock. Would he cherish an opportunity to return there in the future?

“Yeah, one day. I'm more than happy where I am at the moment but I feel like I want another shot at it because I've improved. Hopefully one day I'll get that opportunity.

“I'm not saying that I'd win all the races or that I'd show those guys how to ride motorbikes, but it's not so bad here in Superbike and given enough time, that's something that's critical - to get enough time on the GP bikes with the tyres - and if you get the right opportunity then there's no reason why you can't make the transition.”

But before thinking that far ahead Chaz has the small matter continuing his championship push at Imola, a circuit where he struggled in 2012. Pragmatically, he insists on taking things one round at a time.

“I think a podium is the aim every weekend. Obviously it was quite surprising at Aragon, we struck when the iron was hot. If I turn up and the bike's on it and I'm on it then things will happen. But I think the top five or the podium is always the target.”

The seventh round of the World Superbike championship will be held at Imola from the 28th to 30th of June.

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June 19, 2013 11:44 AM

Thanks Crash. Nice to see some quality journalism with your interview of Eugene and story on Chaz. Both of these guys are true riders and gentlemen. Pleasure to have met and chatted to both. Would be great if Crash did a quality story on a different rider each week (not just the British / Irish guys), and let some of our lounge chair racers know the full story behind some of these riders. might stop them being d*ckheads (as Eugene calls them) and have them understand that if a rider does tell it like it is he is not making excuses! Have a good weekend at Imola Norge - see you at S'stone.


June 20, 2013 4:52 PM

No doubt in my mind of the quality of Chaz and his speed and potential. I'd say his points about set-up time and having no data are valid and not excuses - he's proved already that he has the speed, consistency and commitment to beat the best. A decent run of weekend weather will help him show his true potential. Having said that, I'm sure that next if the bike was the same next season and he had a set-up start point his results would be even better. Big question is what Dorna will do to actually ferk WSBK up into a non-competitive techno p1ss1ng contest like its managed to do with MotoGP. Already involving Mfrs in the decision-making-process and going the limited engine route suggests that Dorna are going to make a right mess of WSBK using a model that is ruining the racing in MGP. I have little faith in Dorna to manage WSBK responsibly and in the best interests of the sport. Dare say Ezpeleta's bank-balance will be great though.

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