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Chaz Davies gains first 250cc points and makes a little bit of history

Chaz Davies gains first 250cc points and makes a little bit of history

Chaz Davies gains first 250cc points and makes a little bit of history

Britain´s sole representative in the 250cc World Championship is now also officially one of the youngest.

Chaz Davies, at sixteen years and seventy-six days last Sunday in Welkom, rode to 15th place in only his second ever 250cc GP to inherit the record of the youngest point scorer in the history of the class a distinction previously held by his good friend Casey Stoner.

Starting from 20th on the grid Davies ended the first lap in 22nd and fought his way up to 16th. Sustained pressure on Erwan Nigon in 15th finally paid off when the Frenchman ran off the track.´That was the hardest point I´ve ever earned and it´s great to get in the points so early in the season,´ he remarked. ´I made a dreadful start after Alex Debon stalled in front of me and I then had to ride very hard but it was all worth it.´

The teenager endured a tough year in the 125 category last season scoring only 5 points for 11th in Estoril. His frame and height more suited to the 250, he gained a ride with the German Aprilia squad (with whom Jeremy McWilliams became the first British rider to win a GP for 20 years at Assen in 2001) and proceeded to set some impressive times during the IRTA tests.

An 18th place on his debut in Suzuka hid the fact that he had been extremely ill in the few days leading up to the race.
Davies, from Herefordshire and also the youngest rider to have ever won a British Championship race in 2001, still attends school and it set for frantic couple of weeks as his exam timetable also clashes with preparations for the GP of France and Italy in the coming weeks.

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250cc, 2003

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