World Superbike star Chaz Davies has played down speculation of a switch to MotoGP for 2017.

At Misano, the Welshman explained that discussions to stay with the factory Ducati team in WorldSBK - where he has won nine races in the last two seasons and leads the Kawasaki opposition - are in 'advanced stages'.

However the 29-year-old, who battled uncompetitive machinery in the 125 and 250GP classes early in his career, added that his Ducati discussions include the possibility of a future MotoGP chance but 'it's not going to happen for next year'.

"We're discussing for me to stay here in Superbike," Davies said. "I'd say we're at advanced stages. But nothing signed yet.

"If I can't get a good bike in MotoGP, in the meantime I would rather stay here and concentrate on this programme.

"If, obviously, a great opportunity with factory support and factory technicians turned up in MotoGP - I couldn't ignore that. But at the moment there isn't that possibility. We're speaking about it, but it's not going to happen for next year."

The former World Supersport champion, who made three starts as a stand-in for Pramac during 2007, confirmed that his best chance of a competitive MotoGP seat would be at Ducati's official satellite team.

"It would be a good possibility, with the right technicians. I've been there before and anything less than a fair chance, to be fair to myself, I won't bother. I'm not going to waste my time at nearly 30 years of age to go and try and be happy with a tenth place. That's not what I'm interested in."

Earlier this season, Cal Crutchlow named Davies as the next WorldSBK rider he would like to see in MotoGP, also suggesting the Pramac team.

With Davies set to remain in World Superbike, Scott Redding and Danilo Petrucci are increasingly likely to continue at Pramac in 2017.

By Peter McLaren


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