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Chaz Davies almost certainly out of running for Ilmor seat

Chaz Davies almost certainly out of running for Ilmor seat

Chaz Davies almost certainly out of running for Ilmor seat

British rider Chaz Davies, who had a 2006 season riddled with bad luck and consisting of mainly occasional wild card appearances, has revealed to that he is almost certainly out of the running for the Ilmor team's 2007 line-up.

Having arranged to meet with the Ilmor bosses in Valencia, Davies had to watch on as both Jeremy McWilliams and Andrew Pitt joined Garry McCoy on track at the test, and was then informed that the team were close to a decision on their 2007 riding duo.

"Eskil Suter from Ilmor rang me up and told me that they had more or less settled on their riders, although they weren't sure that they would be able to get both of them to sign. Anything can happen though, it's not totally out of the question, but it definitely would have been a nice opportunity. I've been scratching the surface of Grand Prix racing for about four years, so I will see when I next get an opportunity," said the young Welshman.

Whatever lies ahead for Davies, it probably won't be in the 250cc category. He feels that his size is simply too much of a hinderance (Davies is amongst the tallest riders in the paddock), and that his last appearance in the category in Valencia was a big struggle.

"At the end of the race my legs were aching. It was such hard work. It was nice to ride one last time in the 250cc class, to close the book on it, but I think that will be the final time that I ride in the category."

This leaves Chaz with a number of options, having impressed on his AMA debut a few months ago on a four stroke machine. From the same generation as Ducati Marlboro star Casey Stoner, the Briton knows that he has the pedigree and the hard work ethic to ride at the highest level but, like many riders, is just waiting for luck to follow.

More of Davies' thoughts, including an assessment of British riders Bradley Smith and Eugene Laverty, can be found in a forthcoming interview to be published on next week.

MotoGP, 2006

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