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Chaz Davies on the next generation of young British talent

Chaz Davies on the next generation of young British talent

As reported last week, Chaz Davies is unlikely to be offered the Ilmor ride that he was in the running for next season. He spoke to recently to fill us in on the latest developments, and also to assess the level of British talent in the World Championship.

Personally speaking, I have struggled a bit with the bikes in 250cc. I was glad to have had one last race in the category at Valencia, but I think that it wasnt as fluid as it should have been and my legs were just too painful at the end. It is a situation where you just need a bit of luck to get into the category you feel comfortable in.

The young Welshman feels that the direction he should go was confirmed with an impressive showing on his AMA debut a few months ago. The standard isnt World Championship level, nowhere can match MotoGP, but I got a decent result on the bike and suffered no discomfort at all. It was refreshing to just be able to ride how I wanted, without anything to moan about, he commented.

As regards British riders, Bradley Smith has been the shining light this season. It just shows that being in with the right people, with the right bike, Brits are just as good as anyone else. Bradley has had some good breaks and hes made the most of them. Alberto Puig and a good team are pretty much a guarantee of success in my opinion, and Bradley hasnt really had to struggle at all yet. Eugene Laverty, who I dont know whether he is riding a kit bike or not, should stand a good chance in 250cc with Lucio Cecchinello and the mechanics knowing how to get the most out of the bike.Chaz is currently keeping in shape through cycling, mini motorcross and the busy task of constructing a flat, whilst keeping his options open for a 2007 ride.

MotoGP, 2006

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