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Davies still unsure over 2005 plans

Davies still unsure over 2005 plans

Davies still unsure over 2005 plans

Chaz Davies says he is still not 100% sure whether he will be competing in the 250cc World Championship next season as he considers several options over his future.

The 17 year old, who capped a positive 2004 season with superb sixth and fifth place finishes in the final two rounds at Phillip Island and Valencia, says he is close to extending his career as a 250cc Grand Prix rider for one more season in a final attempt to secure a factory ride in 2006, but has been tempted by a lucrative offer from the British Superbike series.

"I want to stay in Grand Prix but the big question is whether staying in the 250cc class is the best route to a good MotoGP ride or proving myself on a Superbike and returning to Grand Prix at a later stage of my career," explained Davies.

"Big efforts are being made to keep me in the World Championship and I have been promised better machinery and possibly more tyre choice. That's good, but I don't think it's going to be enough to keep pace with the progress made by the factory teams, so I can only concentrate on aiming to finish the season as top privateer and beat as many factory riders as possible.

"It was hard enough in 2004 but it will be even tougher in 2005 with fifteen factory machines and a lot of fast riders coming up from the 125cc class onto official bikes.

"With all due respect to Simone Corsi, I was surprised to hear that somebody who finished 13th in the 125cc class on a factory Honda last year has moved straight onto an official 250cc Aprilia. I'm not doubting his ability as a rider, but I would have thought finishing 13th in the 250cc class on a kit machine would have been a better achievement.

"At the end of the day, I have an offer on the table for a very competitive ride in the British Superbike series which for my own professional reasons I have to consider.

"Like I say, it was always my dream to race in MotoGP and this is where I want to stay so hopefully something can be sorted out soon. I feel I have proved myself as a rider and it is time to race for podiums but for this you need a factory machine."

250cc, 2004

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