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Davies surprised at Pramac d'Antin opportunity

Davies surprised at Pramac d'Antin opportunity

Making an unlikely stand-in appearance today for Pramac d'Antin Ducati, Chaz Davies received the opportunity of a lifetime to show his stuff on a MotoGP bike in the second free practice session for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

Making an unlikely stand-in appearance today for Pramac d'Antin Ducati, Chaz Davies received the opportunity of a lifetime to show his stuff on a MotoGP bike in the second free practice session for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

The Briton was minding his own business after riding his AMA Supersport Yamaha R6 around the tricky circuit, when he was approached to step in for the injured Alex Hofmann on the shortest of notice. After a quick briefing from the Ducati satellite mechanics, Davies was changing into a spare pair of Hofmann's leathers and leaving the pits, having not even so much as sat on the machine beforehand.

"I didn't know what was going on at first when I saw someone walking towards me, but then it clicked and they offered me this amazing opportunity. When something like this comes along, you can't turn it down," commented Davies to motogp.com after the session.

"It's a nice bike to ride, I've just got to get used to it over the next couple of sessions," he added, before extending his gratitude to those who made his ride possible.

"I have to thank Pramac d'Antin for giving me this chance, and also to my Supersport team for letting me go off and ride an extra race this weekend."

Davies had previously been pencilled in for an 800cc run-out at the Valencia test last year for the Ilmor GP team, but unforeseen circumstances meant that the 20 year-old did not have time to get onboard the fledgling MotoGP bike.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX

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