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Davies eyes top ten finishes

Davies eyes top ten finishes

Davies eyes top ten finishes

Chaz Davies says he is looking forward to getting back to competitive action after spending three weeks reflecting on a disappointing home race at Donington Park. The 17 year old crashed out after just three laps of the 250cc Cinzano British Grand Prix and admitted he can't wait to banish the memory with a good run of form over the final seven races.

"I've spent the whole holiday period at home in Wales, helping out at my family's go-kart track and keeping my training ticking over with some running and cycling," commented Davies. "Klaus Nohles spent a week over here and we went training together. I don't think they have any hills in Germany so he struggled a bit in the Welsh mountains but I think he enjoyed it!

"Now I'm looking forward to heading for Brno and getting Donington out of my head. I was pretty annoyed because with the way things went in practice and qualifying, I felt I could have come away with seven or eight points, which would have really helped for the championship.

"But I got a bad start from twelfth on the grid and ended up stuck behind David De Gea and Arnaud Vincent, who are both really late on the brakes and that makes them tough to get past. After three laps I was getting impatient because I could see Battaini and Guintoli escaping in front of me, and I knew I was quicker than them.

"In the end I made a pretty hairy pass on Vincent going into the final turn and just lost the front. Like I say I was really angry, but I suppose I paid the price for making a bad start and that is something I've got to learn from."

Despite a missed opportunity to boost his points tally at his home race, Davies says he is satisfied with his season so far and is confident of making significant improvements in the second half of the year.

"I've had a couple of decent performances here and there but I was on a bit of a bad run before we got to Rio. Then things started to pick up and I've felt confident since, although the crash at Donington is going to make the championship more difficult for me.

"Looking at it from a positive point of view though I think all my best tracks are yet to come, with the exception of maybe Brno, and I'm confident of putting a good run together now.

"It's always going to be hard with nine factory bikes out there and the likes of West, Battaini and Debon going well, but there is no reason why I can't get a few top ten finishes before the end of the season - I'd be pretty happy with that."

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250cc, 2004

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