Chaz Davies To Replace Nanelli At BE1 Triumph In WSS

Triumph's entry in the World Supersport series remains a curiosity. In the past two years that the Triumph 675 has been campaigned in the series, that most quintessentially British of bikes has been run with virtually no British involvement whatsoever. Both the SC Caracchi and the ParkinGO BE1 squad are deeply Italian squads, and the nearest thing the teams got to British involvement is the far-flung ancestry of the Australian rider Garry McCoy.

All that is to change, however. After Gianluca Nannelli split from the squad - officially over an inability to adapt to the machine - his place is to be taken by Chaz Davies for the rest of the season. Davies has a lot of experience for a 22 year old, having started off in the 125cc class before moving up to 250s, where he scored a number of strong finishes on a very privateer Aprilia LE. After splitting with his 250cc team, Davies secured a ride in the AMA, racing Supersport and Formula Extreme, and also raced in MotoGP, replacing Alex Hofmann at Pramac Ducati. This season, he has campaigned the Aprilia RSV 1000 for the Millenium Technologies team in the AMA's Daytona Sportbike series.

As Davies has spent the past three years running the AMA Supersport and Formula Extreme classes, aboard a Yamaha R6 and a Kawasaki ZX-6R, then Daytona Sportbike on the Aprilia RSV, the young Welshman should be up to speed quickly enough on a Supersport machine. The real challenge Davies faces is the fact that the three rounds he is scheduled to ride the Triumph at are all at circuits he has never visited. Neither Imola, Magny-Cours nor Portimao featured on the MotoGP calendar while Davies was racing in 125s and 250s, but Davies proved in the AMA that he learned tracks very quickly.

AMA gossip has Davies riding an Aprilia RSV4 1000 in the AMA Superbike class next season, but Davies will surely be hoping to make the kind of impression on the WSBK paddock that fellow 250 refugee Eugene Laverty has done this year. If he scores sufficiently well, he may be back in World Supersport next season, and the prospect of a competitive British rider could be sufficient to coax additional funds from Triumph to support their privateer-run World Supersport effort.

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Should be a great bike for him, and we know it is a very strong running machine and team. On top of that, he'll also be more "at home" running with some of his best mates and soon-to-be relations. Win-Win.


I know the 200 has seriously lost it's luster, but weird seeing a rundown of Chaz's career without a mention of "Daytona 200 winner, Chaz Davies"

Good luck, and all well wishes to him. I enjoyed seeing him here stateside.
Unfortunately I don't think this will be the last good guy we'll lose from the AMA.

Despite knowing full well that Davies is British, I associate him so strongly with the AMA that I have to be reminded.

Looking forward to seeing what he can do. Despite all of its ugliness, the AMA is a good proving ground for sbk and ss riders.

Chaz is pretty big for a motorcycle rider and I don't know if he really has GP ambitions. I find it hard to believe, though, that he would seek a ride in WSS for next season. Chaz would make a great SBK rider and I think he'd get a fast pass to WSBK if he carried the flag well for Aprilia's AMA effort in 2010.

Chaz is probably just eager to get back onto a real racebike.

Its all good, but I'd like to see him aboard the V-4 Aprilia in AMA Superbike in 2010. I would think he's be paid well enough and it seems a better career move then riding that triple in 2010.