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Chaz Davies: World superbike winner says more to come

By Neil Prior
BBC News

image captionChaz Davies said his race achievement came after 14 years of hard work

A Welsh motorcyclist who won both races in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship says there is a lot more to come from his BMW team.

Chaz Davies - BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 2011 - led both races at Spain's Aragon Circuit from start to finish at the weekend.

It is only his second Superbike season.

Davies, 26, from Presteigne, Powys, has moved into second place in the overall title stakes.

He said the achievement came after 14 years of hard work, adding: "There's been times when I thought it wasn't going to happen for me."

The rider - who made his racing debut aged just 12 in 1999 - has endured 14 years of having to switch teams and even competitions in order to find a competitive ride.

After years of struggle he believes he owes his wins to having to do everything the hard way.

"I had so much so young, and even though I thought I was progressing and getting quicker I began to realise that racing wasn't going to be as straight forward as it first seemed," he said.

"That's all water under the bridge now, but I'm glad in some ways that I had to go through it as it's made me realise how precious success really is and I fight for every inch out on the track."

He started racing in the British Mini Moto championship aged eight in 1995.

Four years later he took the motorcycling world by storm when he was given special dispensation to compete in the adult British 125cc series.

Davies finished sixth overall and was the only rider to finish every race in a points scoring position.

His reward was a move to the world 125 competition with a Privateer Aprilia bike, progressing to the 250cc category two years later.

Even though he became the youngest ever rider to score world championship points at 250cc level - and consistently came home at the head of the privateer entrants - he found it impossible to secure the most competitive factory-built rides.

Thus a move to the 500cc blue-ribbon MOTO GP event never materialised.

'Encouraging signs'

After managing only a handful of substitute MOTO GP rides for Ducati in 2007 he moved to 600cc racing, first with The American Motorcycle Association and latterly the World Super Sport series.

In 2011 Davies lifted the World Super Sport championship which gained him a move to Superbikes.

And despite having to make quite an adjustment to his riding style, he's delighted with how the switch has gone.

"Moto GP bikes are machines especially built for nothing but track racing. The bike equivalent of a Formula 1 car I suppose you could say," he said.

"But a Superbike is much more like a touring car, a tuned-up version of a road bike anyone could buy. It's taken a while to get used to the difference, but I'm getting there now.

"It's way too early after just two races to say that I've got a bike at BMW which could win the championship, although you have to say the signs are encouraging after this weekend.

"Because it's not only my wins, Marco (Marco Melandri, Davies' BMW teammate), rode really well for third and fifth [place] as well."

"So everyone had better watch out, because there's still plenty more to come from this machine."

The next round of the championships will take place in the Netherlands at the end of April.

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