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.