Chaz Davies like Valentino Rossi – back to being a private driver
The careers of the Englishman and the MotoGP icon could hardly be more different. Nevertheless, there are some interesting parallels between the two long-time pilots in the different championships. After many years as works drivers, you will both be back at the start as private drivers next season. In addition, they do not change manufacturers and they also swap places with a younger brand colleague. Another parallel concerns their first race in the category in which they will remain in the paddock in 2021. At the “Dottore” it was as a Honda factory rider in 2000 on the Phakisa Freeway in South Africa when he not finished his debut in the premier class. In the first two 500cc races, the Italian remained without points. The Welshman, on the other hand, landed in his first WSBK race in Imola in 2012 after 3 minutes together with Sylvain Guintoli in the gravel. He even had 3 falls in the first 4 races of the WorldSBK.
The huge differences between the two careers
While Rossi won his 7 world championship titles, some with overwhelming superiority, Davies chases after his first number 1 status since 2012 without success. For the Italian, it was first Lorenzo and then Marquez who made life more and more difficult for him in the MotoGP premier class. The Welshman, on the other hand, had only one name in his prime from 2015, which caused nightmares. With Jonathan Rea he had a competitor who was a regular driver in WorldSBK from 2009, but had to wait 6 years for the final breakthrough. The combination of the Kawasaki ZX-10R and later ZX-10RR with the Northern Irishman is still the measure of all things in the near-series World Cup.
Chaz to his new private driver existence for 2021
Chaz: “At first there were moments when I thought that losing my works driver existence was the best way to stop. I’d won the last race, done my job, and went home and walked with my head held high. But there is still something burning inside me and I still have to score points and win races. For ambitions in the title fight, the most important requirement is an absolutely competitive bike and of course the right team behind it. To be honest, if I’m in a very strong position, then it’s in Ducati’s and my interests that I get full support, just like the works team.”
How does Chaz see his chances for the coming season?
Davies: “Since I will have the best material, this is also the basis to be able to fight at the very front. With a new crew and a new team boss, we at Team GoEleven are definitely well-equipped for this. My predecessor Rinaldi was able to win for this team last year. I am firmly convinced that with the Ducati V4R we will be able to compete for the title and for victories and podiums in the coming season. I still have the motivation and trust myself to be able to experience many more outstanding moments.“
Chaz Davies’ WorldSBK career in numbers
The unfinished provisional calendar for 2021 of the WSBK
Dorna manager Gregorio Lavilla originally wanted to introduce three new routes with the calendar for 2021, but for reasons that were not mentioned, this did not work. With the Mandalika Circuit on the island of Lombok in Indonesia as the only new course it will probably not work any more than with the events in San Juan (Argentina) and the Australian round. In MotoGP, too, the Dorna will soon have to cancel the overseas races. With the question marks at the beginning, there will definitely be changes in WorldSBK as well. When this will be is still open. But the unfinished provisional calendar will receive for sure various modifications.