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Davies delight at another top finish

Davies delight at another top finish

Davies delight at another top finish

Chaz Davies expressed his delight at his best ever Grand Prix finish in the final round of the 250cc season at Valencia on Sunday. Davies equalled his previous best of sixth, achieved in the previous round at Phillip Island, but was later promoted to fifth after the disqualification of Hiroshi Aoyama.

"That was fantastic, I couldn't really ask for more," said Davies, who was nineteenth on the first lap. "I got a bad start – maybe that is the one thing that could have been improved, but I made up five places on the first lap and just kept picking my way through the field from there.

"With about ten laps to go I never thought that I would catch Fonsi (Nieto) because he was a speck in the distance but then he started getting bigger and bigger and I thought 'Look out, we might be able to get him here!'"

After taking top ten finishes from the last three rounds of the season, including ninth in Malaysia, sixth in Australia and fifth at Valencia, Davies admits he has struck form at the perfect time of the season and hopes it will lead to better machinery and a stronger challenge for honours in 2005.

"Definitely people are looking and it's opened a few eyes," said the 17 year old. "In the last few races the team have worked really well – the chassis has been good, the engine has been good… I can't complain about anything really. I've been the top standard kit Aprilia for the last two races so I can't do a lot more.

"Things are a bit up in the air at the moment. We're speaking to Aprilia Germany again but I think I could do with a little better bike and some better tyres to go with it. Factory support from Dunlop with the tyres would make a big difference.

"I'd like to stay with Aprilia Germany again. I've had two years here and provided we can get on something a bit better I think it looks like a good option. I don't know, we'll have to wait a few weeks and see what develops."

250cc, 2004

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