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Chaz Davies driven to succeed in 2004

Chaz Davies driven to succeed in 2004

Chaz Davies driven to succeed in 2004

Chaz Davies admits that he is expecting his third season at World Championship level to be his toughest yet, with a host of new additions to the 250cc class looking set to make 2004 one of the most competitive campaigns in years. The British quarter-litre hope celebrated his seventeenth birthday at home in Wales last week and revealed that he would have to demonstrate his maturity on the track this season as he looks to establish his reputation at the highest level.

"I think technically we are looking at a very similar package to last year, although we should have the 2004 kit that most of the other privateers will have," commented the Aprilia Germany rider. "That means that I will have to make the difference myself and I will need to be on top of my game. With guys like Alex De Angelis, Dani Pedrosa and Hiroshi Aoyama all joining the championship on factory machinery and experienced 125 guys like Arnaud Vincent and Gino Borsoi coming up as well I think it will be a much tougher season than 2003 and it's up to me to respond to the challenge."

Davies' preparation for the new season has hardly been ideal, having yet to complete a test whilst the majority of factory riders and several privateers have been locked in intensive development work since before Christmas. However, the optimistic youngster refuses to be downbeat about the situation and is looking ahead to his first preseason session in a couple of weeks' time.

"We were due to start testing at Jerez this week but that was cancelled because of some work which is going on at the circuit, so I will have to wait now until the end of the month. We go to Estoril on the 27th and 28th February and Valencia on the 6th and 7th March, so it is a bit frustrating to have to wait but at the same time I am quite pleased because now we get to visit two tracks instead of just the one and that is definitely better for me."

Despite the setbacks with the team's testing schedule the youngster has found plenty to keep him occupied as he counts down the days to getting back on the bike. "I took my driving theory test last week and passed that with 100% marks, so I have my practical test next week which I am looking forward to," he commented.

"I've also just bought a Yamaha 450 motocross bike which I'm doing a lot of training on and I've been doing as much mountain biking as possible. I was doing a lot of running but the doctor said my hamstrings are a bit short so he advised me to get on a bicycle as much as possible to stretch them out. I've also been helping my Dad a lot at the go-kart track we run so I'm never really short of things to do, but it seems a long time since the last race of 2003 at Valencia and I'm desperate to get back on the bike."

250cc, 2003

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