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Davies delight at best finish

Davies delight at best finish

Davies delight at best finish

Chaz Davies revealed his delight after a career-best performance at the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky on Sunday. The 17 year old was already on the charge towards a top ten finish, overtaking World Champion Manuel Poggiali as he hunted down the lead pack, when spots of rain caused confusion and crashes.

However, the youngster kept his cool to bring his privateer Aprilia home in eighth place – a result he hopes can spark a run of top ten finishes in the final six races.

"I'm very happy, it's a great result for me," commented Davies, who moved up to fifteenth in the championship, level on points with Naoki Matsudo and just six behind Sylvain Guintoli in 13th. "I got settled in to the race after about six laps, put a good rhythm together and caught up to Manuel Poggiali.

"No disrespect to him because he won the World Championship last year, but he must have lost some confidence or something because he was quite slow and I got past him easily.

"A few laps later the rain started coming and everybody started rolling off the throttle. I could see a few spots on my visor but it was really difficult to tell how much water was on the track. On one occasion I went onto the white line and my rear stepped out so it was quite greasy and I suppose that was why people wanted to stop the race.

"But while they were all wondering what was going on and whether Race Direction were going to stop the race, I just kept my head down and pulled myself right up to the front group.

"Then it started to dry out again and I dropped back a bit but by that time I was on my own in eighth and I was able to hold it there until the end so I'm really happy.

"I honestly didn't think I'd get a good result at Brno because it's probably my weakest track before the year is out. Now I definitely want to kick on from here – we've got six races left and I think I can mix it up in the top ten a few more times and go on to bigger and better things."

Tags:
250cc, 2004, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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