Spain WSBK: Solid end to encouraging year for Davies

Chaz Davies completes his second season in the World Superbike Championship with a top five finish in the overall standings for BMW.
Chaz Davies says he can look back on his second season in the World Superbike Championship fondly, despite an indifferent end to his campaign at Jerez.

The Welshman endured a fairly anonymous weekend around the Spanish circuit as he struggled to match the pace of team-mate Marco Melandri, but a seventh and fifth place finish would at least consolidate his top five in the overall standings.

Indeed, former World Supersport Champion Davies feels he can be happy with his first season on the BMW, which yielded three race wins and six podiums.

“P7 in the first race just seems to be where we are this weekend. I did not get the feeling that I wanted, I was struggling when turning and lacking grip. We made a lot of changes for today but we had a damp warm-up so we weren't able to evaluate these changes properly so I went into the race with a completely different bike, but I still had issues. I kept losing the front and eventually the rear seemed to break traction too easy. I just gave all that I had but more was not possible.

“For race two we changed the front tyre and it was definitely an improvement. I was faster than in race one in hotter temperatures so I was closer to the top guys but unfortunately not close enough. It was probably one of the toughest weekends of the season which is a shame to end on.

Looking back on the season I have to say that on the whole I am happy. Thanks to BMW for giving me the opportunity to win in World Superbikes more than once. I collected three victories this year and challenged at the front and got multiple podiums. So again: 'Thank you' to BMW and the team, it was a good year.”

As it stands, Davies has not confirmed his plans for the 2014 season, though he has been linked with possible moves to Ducati and Suzuki.

Tagged as: Ducati , Suzuki , BMW , Melandri , Jerez , Davies

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October 23, 2013 1:24 AM

Chas jumped to the better bike after one year, so unless there is no other ride, why would he go back to the Suzuki? Chas is a better rider than the Suzuki is a bike. Though the new rule changes may have some effect. Leon C is taking up a seat. He's had his day and carries too many injuries.


October 21, 2013 2:08 PM

Hmm - the 2 lanky lads together (Chas and Leon Camier) on Suzuki's? That Suzook has gone well and improved. As long as Dorna's meddling doesn't screw it all up, I reckon Chas & Leon would make a good pairing and between them would gather a good points haul for Suzuki's team challenge. Chas on the Ducati? Well, the lad can ride anything fast, but right now it doesn't look like the Panigale is as good as the GSXR. Probably pays a lot better though!

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