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Davies celebrates best finish

Davies celebrates best finish

Davies celebrates best finish

Chaz Davies enjoyed the best race of his career at Phillip Island on Sunday, picking up sixth place after qualifying in his highest ever grid position of tenth.

The seventeen year old Brit made a disappointing start but quickly made up positions and was mounting a charge to catch Toni Elías for fifth place until tyre problems kicked in at the midway stage. However, sixth place meant Davies was easily the highest placed privateer and added weight to his growing reputation.

"I really enjoyed that – it was good to mix it with the factory boys," said Davies, who left official Honda riders Hiroshi Aoyama and Roberto Rolfo trailing in his wake. "I wasn't too pleased with my start but I just held my concentration and tried to get past as many people as I could.

"It seems strange to say it but I actually got held up for a while by Roby Rolfo and, when I got past, Elías had escaped. For a while it looked as though I'd catch him and I cut the gap down to just over a second, but then the difference in the tyres on the factory bikes compared to ours really started to tell.

"My bike was sliding all over the place in the fast corners and it was getting harder and harder to control it. There was no way I could close in on Toni anymore so I just concentrated on hanging on for sixth."

Davies' team-mate Johan Stigefelt also enjoyed his best result of the season in ninth place and the teenager paid tribute to the Aprilia Germany mechanics. "Myself and ‘Stiggy' have been riding really well lately and it's all down to the team," he said. "The chassis feels so stable right now that it feels like I couldn't crash it if I tried. We're having a strong finish to the season and I'd love to end it with a similar result at Valencia." Having finished ninth in the previous round at Malaysia, the stock of the youngest rider in the class is rising fast but Davies says his Grand Prix future is yet to be decided. "We're having talks with Aprilia Germany about staying here next year but nothing is signed yet. I'm really happy with the team but we're going to look at all the options and try to make a decision soon."

Tags:
250cc, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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