Monday, May 17, 2010

Chaz Davies Scores 2nd World Supersport Podium at Kyalami

On a drying track, Chaz Davies looks for the dry line with a fresh slick mounted on his #57 Attack Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R during the first practice session of the weekend at Road America for the AMA Formula Xtreme class in June of 2008. Chaz switched to the Attack team for the '08 season and ran both the AMA FX and AMA 600 Supersport classes for the team, winning the Daytona 200 and finishing 5th in the FX class and finishing 6th in the 600 SS class for the year. The Brit rider moved to the Aprilia RSV1000R factory team for the Daytona Sportbike class in '09 and placed 9th in the final standings for the year.
Chaz got the opportunity to run several World Supersport races for the ParkinGO Triumph BE-1 team after the '09 AMA season was wrapped up, and signed with them in the off-season to return to the class aboard the team's Triumph Daytona 675 triple. Through yesterday's event in South Africa, Chaz has maintained 4th place in the season's standings to go along with his first podium back at Valencia.
Chaz' first foray into the American AMA series was with the Celtic Racing team during the '07 season. He ran both the AMA 600 Supersport series as well as the AMA Formula Xtreme series for the team. The team ran Yamaha YZF-R6's and Chaz finished 13th in the 600SS and 6th in FX class for the season. The #157 bike above is the DOT tire-equipped 600-class machine sitting in Celtic's pit area at Mid Ohio in July of '07. The bike in rear left of photo is the team's FX class-based machine.
Chaz also raced a 250GP bike in MotoGP in several events during the '06 season, with a best of 13th at Jerez while running for an under-funded team. He has also raced the 125 class in the British Championship back in the early part of the '00's.
Great news for fans of Brit Chaz Davies as he took his second podium of the year yesterday at Kyalami during the South African round of the World Supersport series. Placing 3rd to retain and strengthen his 4th place series standings, Davies took the Italian-based ParkInGO Triumph BE-1 team's triple Daytona 675 to within 10 seconds of the top spot after the 23 lap race that runs along with the World Superbike Series calendar.
The 23 year old Brit, who gained a strong fan base in the States while running for Celtic Racing in 2007, Attack Performance in '08 and Aprilia Racing in '09, signed with the ParkInGO team during the off season after running the last three events for the team in '09. Teamed with former U.S. teamster Jason DiSalvo on the Triumph Daytona 675 triple machines, Davies has had the better of results between the two team mates thus far after six rounds down in the series schedule.
They can next be seen at Miller Motorsports Park over Memorial Day weekend on May 28-31 and the weekend schedule can be found at to keep up with the action.
The team's press release and the official results of the Kyalami race can be found below.

Stu's Shots tips the hat and helmet to Chaz for a great run yesterday and a solid season so far. Keep up the great work and go get 'em! We miss you in the States but are glad to see you going for it on the World scene!
Here are some of the World Supersport race highlights from yesterday. Chaz gets a little bit of air-time about :50 in as he makes a smooth pass for the fourth spot in the race. Thanks to for the link to the short version of the race:
Here's the story from the ParkInGo Triumph team's press release on Chaz' great finish in South Africa from yesterday, compliments of the Official World Superbike website:
And here are the official results thanks to the Official World Superbike/World Supersport Championship website:

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