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Davies: I’d love to see how I stack up in MotoGP

Off the back of six straight wins in World Superbikes, Chaz Davies remains solely focused on the 2017 title and explains why he wouldn't jump to MotoGP lightly.
Click here to read the full interview with Chaz Davies

Off the back of six straight wins in World Superbikes, Chaz Davies remains solely focused on the 2017 title and despite MotoGP aspirations he explains why he wouldn't want to jump back into Grand Prix racing lightly.

Davies became the untouchable force after the summer break in World Superbikes by taking seven wins in the last eight races, including a flawless six consecutive victories over the final three rounds.

Despite near-perfection, the Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider was forced to settle for third after some team-mate 'sportsmanship' saw Jonathan Rea allow Tom Sykes to finish second in the final race to claim a Kawasaki 1-2 in the riders' championship.

Already looking to 2017, wishing 'it started tomorrow', Davies has opened up in a revealing exclusive interview with Crash.net about the secrets to unlocking the Panigale's potential and how his unquenchable competitive thirst has him solely focused on delivering Ducati's first world title since 2011 with Carlos Checa.

“It's fair to say that I'm riding as well as I ever have done,” Davies said. “I actually felt that I was riding as well at the start of the season but I can't take credit for everything, it's a team thing.

“I was basically pushing the front tyre too much. My style is quite front heavy and I ask a lot of the front end so if that's not right then I have problems. I'm quite sensitive to that. It's a combination of the bike being in the right format for me and the team giving me a bike that I can win with.”

With a freshly inked two-year deal with Ducati in his back pocket, talk of Davies switching to MotoGP has been mentioned – which would no doubt become deafening if the Welsh rider can claim the 2017 world title – but having seen fellow World Superbike rivals Alex Lowes and Nicky Hayden make brief appearances in Grand Prix racing this year it isn't something he wants to do on a whim.

“It's been talked about quite a bit but it's such a difficult thing to organise. It's so difficult to fit in between the MotoGP and WorldBK schedules and when we do have shared tests I have to focus on the work I have to do on the Superbike,” he said. “I really don't want to be stepping on a MotoGP bike at that point just to try it. If I'm going to do a test, to give myself a fair opportunity, it needs to be at least a two-day test solely dedicated to figuring out that bike and all that goes with it and ideally a follow up test after that.

“I'd love it to happen that I get another shot at MotoGP but in order to be fair to myself it can't be that I just grab the first opportunity to ride one of those bikes around a track. It's the old story that you need to go into MotoGP in the right way. As it stands though, as a Ducati rider I'm very well placed.

“I feel that I'm riding as well as anybody in Superbike and would love to see how that stacks up in MotoGP. As a competitive and hungry person it's something I'd love to know, especially as someone who's already been to GP.”

Click here to read the full interview with Chaz Davies



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Davies, WSBK Race2, Jerez WSBK 2016
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Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
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Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016

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