Chaz Davies

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Chaz Davies
Chaz Daytona 2008.jpg
Davies at the 2008 Daytona 200
Nationality Welsh
Born (1987-02-10) 10 February 1987 (age 27)
Knighton, Powys, Wales
Current team Ducati World Superbike Team
Bike number 7
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 2007
Manufacturers Ducati
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
3 0 0 0 0 0
250cc World Championship
Active years 20032006
Manufacturers Aprilia (20032005)
Honda (2006)
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
55 0 0 0 0 119
125cc World Championship
Active years 2002
Manufacturers Aprilia
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
15 0 0 0 0 5
Superbike World Championship
Active years 2012-2014
Manufacturers Aprilia (2012)
BMW (2013)
Ducati (2014)
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
77 4 14 0 6 669.5
Supersport World Championship
Active years 20092011
Manufacturers Triumph (20092010)
Yamaha (2011)
Championships 1 (2011)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
27 5 11 1 1 356

Chaz Davies (born 10 February 1987 in Knighton, Powys), is a Welsh motorcycle racer. He is the 2011 World Supersport champion and also the 2011 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.

Early years[edit]

Davies started racing in the British Mini Moto championship in 1995, moving up to Junior Road racing in 1999. In the same season he was given special dispensation at the age of 12 to take part in the Aprilia Challenge 125cc Championship. Davies finished 6th overall, and was the only rider to finish every race in a points scoring position. He set a new lap record at Donington Park National circuit, and was awarded ‘Superteen of the Year’. He stayed with the series for a second year, and was runner up in the championship.

In 2001 Davies moved to the British 125 Championship, placing seventh after completing 8 of 13 rounds. Davies was the youngest ever winner of a British Championship race in July at Thruxton at the age of 14 years 5 months. Davies also contested all rounds of the Spanish National 125 Championship with the Telefonica Movistar team under the management of Alberto Puig. He was nominated for BBC "Young Sports Personality of the Year."

International[edit]

In 2002 management company Dorna Sports place Chaz with Team Matteoni Racing to compete in the 125cc Grand Prix World Championship riding a kit Aprilia. Davies became the youngest rider ever to compete in a full season of GP Motorcycle racing.

From 2003, Davies rode for Aprilia Germany on the back of the consistent performance in his 125cc 'Rookie' season. In 2003 he became the youngest ever rider ever to score World Championship points in the 250cc class finishing 15th place in the Gauloises Africa's Grand Prix. For the 2004 season, still the youngest rider by two years, Davies finished 13th in the 250cc World Championship Classification out of the 36 regular starters scoring three top 10 results in the final three races of the season. Davies finished 2004 with a series of outstanding results on what was a customer kit level of bike, far inferior to those of the factory teams. He finished 9th in Malaysia, 6th in Australia and then backed it up with 5th at the final race in Valencia.

Davies again signed for Aprilia Germany for 2005 in hope that Aprilia would provide him with factory material after his strong end to 2004. With two Top 10 results in Italy and Turkey, Davies again proved himself a consistent front runner within the non-factory machines but again failed to secure any type of factory backing. He finished the championship in 16th.

For the 2006 season, he was promised a semi-works Aprilia bike by the Campetella team, but this did not materialise after the team ran into serious sponsorship difficulties and Davies was forced to ride a series of privateer options. After Campetella replaced Davies for the Mugello round with a sponsored rider Franco Battaini due to financial difficulties, Davies secured a semi-works Honda ride for another team the 2006 British GP at Donington Park. He then rode a 600 cc Yamaha in the AMA Championship at Mid-Ohio; then finished out the season with a 250 cc ride at the closing Grand Prix of the year at Cheste, near Valencia.

AMA[edit]

In 2007, Davies raced in the AMA Supersport Championship and Formula X-Treme Championship, racing a Yamaha for the Celtic Racing team.[1] In 2008 he rode a Kawasaki for Attack Kawasaki.[2] In early December 2007 Davies set the fastest times in two classes while testing at Daytona for the upcoming opening race of the 2008 AMA season. He was named winner of the 2008 Daytona 200 after original race winner, Josh Hayes, was disqualified for an illegal crankshaft.[3] Davies becomes the first racer from the United Kingdom to win the prestigious race.

For 2009 Davies signed with KWS Aprilia to run in the all-new AMA Daytona Sportbike series, finishing the season with moderate success.

MotoGP[edit]

In 2007 he made his MotoGP debut, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Pramac d'Antin Ducati, riding a Desmosedici GP7 in replacement for the injured Alex Hofmann, who crashed in first practice.[4] Already there for the supporting AMA round, Davies took over on an unfamiliar bike and track.[5] Despite setting solid laptimes, he was overlooked for the following event at Brno, with Iván Silva replacing Hofmann.[6]

On September 28, 2007 it was announced that Chaz Davies would replace Alex Hoffmann at the D'Antin squad for the final three rounds of the 2007 season.[7] After failing to score in Phillip Island and Sepang, Davies was forced to pull out of the final race of the season in Valencia due to hand and wrist injuries sustained during the qualifying and practice sessions. Davies was offered a full-time testing role with Ducati for 2008, but he turned it down in favour of a return to AMA.[8]

World Supersport[edit]

Davies made a switch to World Supersport late in the 2009 season for Triumph, remaining with them for 2010.[9] He was consistently their fastest rider, scoring podium finishes at Valencia, Kyalami and Brno. After his Brno success, team manager Guiliano Rovelli commented "He is a tough bloke who always gives 110% and is now the best rider in Supersport". He came agonisingly close to a first class win at Imola – suffering a fuel pump failure while running third, just as leaders Kenan Sofuoglu and Eugene Laverty collided.[10]

2011 saw Davies team switch to Yamaha machinery. After a disappointing start to his championship campaign with a puncture at the first race, Davies scored 8 podiums with 6 wins on his way to securing the 2011 World Supersport Title.

World Superbike[edit]

In 2012 Davies moved to the World Superbike championship to join ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia. After a highly impressive debut season he finished 9th overall with 4 podium finishes, including 1 win.[11]

For the 2013 season Davies moved to the factory BMW Motorrad Goldbet team.

Career statistics[edit]

All-time
Series Years Active Races Poles Podiums Wins 2nd place 3rd place Fast Laps Titles
125cc 2002 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
250cc 2003–06 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AMA Formula Xtreme 2006–08 22 0 4 1 0 3 0 0
AMA Supersport Championship 2006–08 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MotoGP 2007 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AMA Pro Daytona SportBike 2009 20 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
World Supersport Championship 2009-2011 28 1 12 6 1 5 1 1
World Superbike Championship 2012-2014 77 0 14 4 4 6 6 0
Total 242 1 32 11 7 14 7 1

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

Races by year[edit]

(key)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
2002 125cc Aprilia JPN
Ret
RSA
21
SPA
24
FRA
18
ITA
18
CAT
Ret
NED
24
GBR
16
GER
20
CZE
DNS
POR
11
BRA
29
PAC
24
MAL
25
AUS
22
VAL
28
29th 5
2003 250cc Aprilia JPN
18
RSA
15
SPA
18
FRA
Ret
ITA
13
CAT
Ret
NED
24
GBR
13
GER
12
CZE
14
POR
20
BRA
9
PAC
11
MAL
12
AUS
15
VAL
13
14th 33
2004 250cc Aprilia RSA
Ret
SPA
Ret
FRA
12
ITA
17
CAT
13
NED
15
BRA
13
GER
12
GBR
Ret
CZE
8
POR
16
JPN
Ret
QAT
16
MAL
9
AUS
6
VAL
5
13th 51
2005 250cc Aprilia SPA
11
POR
Ret
CHN
Ret
FRA
12
ITA
10
CAT
Ret
NED
14
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
CZE
Ret
JPN
Ret
MAL
12
QAT
16
AUS
11
TUR
10
VAL
16
16th 32
2006 250cc Aprilia SPA
13
QAT
17
TUR
Ret
CHN
17
FRA
Ret
ITA CAT NED 32nd 3
Honda GBR
Ret
GER CZE MAL AUS JPN POR VAL
21
2007 MotoGP Ducati QAT SPA TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT GBR NED GER USA
16
CZE SMR POR JPN AUS
Ret
MAL
17
VAL
DNS
NC 0

AMA Formula Xtreme[edit]

Races by year[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Pts
2006 Yamaha DAY
BAR
FON
INF
RAM
MIL
LAG
M-O
VIR
RAT
M-O
8
45th 23
2007 Yamaha DAY
4
BAR
Ret
FON
4
INF
28
RAM
15
MIL
3
LAG
6
M-O
3
VIR
6
RAT
6
LAG
6
6th 206
2008 Kawasaki DAY
1
BAR
3
FON
5
INF
27
MIL
Ret
RAM
6
M-O
4
VIR
6
RAT
5
LAG
5
5th 224

AMA Supersport Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Pts
2006 Yamaha DAY
BAR
FON
INF
RAM
MIL
LAG
M-O
VIR
RAT
M-O
5
40th 26
2007 Yamaha DAY
8
BAR
Ret
FON
8
INF
4
RAM
7
MIL
9
LAG
Ret
M-O
VIR
6
RAT
Ret
LAG
Ret
13th 145
2008 Kawasaki DAY
4
BAR
10
FON
8
INF
10
MIL
9
RAM
6
LAG
15
M-O
9
VIR
11
RAT
16
LAG
4
6th 239

AMA Pro Daytona SportBike[edit]

Races by year[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2009 Aprilia DAY
7
FON
8
FON
7
RAT
5
RAT
6
BAR
28
BAR
4
INF
4
INF
31
RAM
39
RAM
8
LAG
2
M-O
5
M-O
7
HRT
4
HRT
36
VIR
36
VIR
30
N-J
2
N-J
29
9th 219

Supersport World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts
2009 Triumph AUS QAT SPA NED ITA RSA USA SMR GBR CZE GER ITA
4
FRA
Ret
POR
7
20th 22
2010 Triumph AUS
12
POR
4
SPA
3
NED
4
ITA
7
RSA
3
USA
4
SMR
4
CZE
3
GBR
4
GER
5
ITA
Ret
FRA
3
4th 153
2011 Yamaha AUS
18
EUR
2
NED
1
ITA
1
SMR
6
SPA
1
CZE
3
GBR
1
GER
1
ITA
Ret
FRA
6
POR
1
1st 206

Superbike World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2012 Aprilia AUS
DNS
AUS
DNS
ITA
Ret
ITA
14
NED
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
C
ITA
12
EUR
12
EUR
7
USA
7
USA
4
SMR
6
SMR
Ret
SPA
4
SPA
3
CZE
11
CZE
6
GBR
14
GBR
7
RUS
Ret
RUS
3
GER
3
GER
1
POR
DNS
POR
Ret
FRA
Ret
FRA
8
9th 164.5
2013 BMW AUS
4
AUS
17
SPA
1
SPA
1
NED
7
NED
5
ITA
5
ITA
Ret
GBR
8
GBR
6
POR
6
POR
5
ITA
6
ITA
5
RUS
2
RUS
C
GBR
10
GBR
Ret
GER
3
GER
1
TUR
8
TUR
6
USA
2
USA
Ret
FRA
Ret
FRA
5
SPA
7
SPA
5
5th 290
2014 Ducati AUS
8
AUS
7
SPA
4
SPA
Ret
NED
7
NED
8
ITA
2
ITA
2
GBR
5
GBR
5
MAL
4
MAL
8
SMR
4
SMR
Ret
POR
18
POR
3
USA
Ret
USA
DNS
SPA
3
SPA
4
FRA
Ret
FRA
9
QAT
7
QAT
5
6th 215
  • * Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chaz moves to AMA, Crash.net, 2006-11-24
  2. ^ Davies switches teams in the US BBC Sport – 11 December 2007
  3. ^ "Hayes Disqualified For Illegal Crankshaft Preparation". SuperbikePlanet.com. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  4. ^ FIVE WEEK RECOVERY TIME FOR ALEX HOFMANN AFTER PRACTICE CRASH retrieved from trymysport.co.uk
  5. ^ MOTOGP: Davies gets d'Antin call-up!, motorsport news, results, features, teams, drivers, updates
  6. ^ Soup:: Davies Won't Race At Brno:: 08-09-2007
  7. ^ Official: Chaz to d'Antin
  8. ^ Chaz returns to the AMA
  9. ^ "Chaz Davies secures full-time Triumph seat". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  10. ^ "Fuel pump denies Davies, Triumph first win". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  11. ^ "Chaz Davies World Superbike statistics". worldsbk.com. 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kenan Sofuoğlu
World Supersport Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Kenan Sofuoğlu
Awards
Preceded by
Gareth Bale
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
incumbent