WSBK News: Chaz Davies Signs With BMW For 2013

Chaz Davies, who is currently mining a rich seam of World Superbike form on his ParkInGo Aprilia, has just been confirmed as Marco Melandri's team mate in the 2013 season. The second BMW Motorrad Italia seat was originally rumoured to have been going to Ben Spies, who allegedly went as far as signing a letter of intent, and then to current BMW rider Leon Haslam. With BMW announcing Chaz Davies, those rumours can be put to rest.

BMW Motorrad confirms Chaz Davies for the 2013 season.

Chaz Davies lines up alongside Marco Melandri in the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship.
Munich/Milano, 9 September 2012. The rider line-up of BMW Motorrad in the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship takes shape. Chaz Davies (GBR) will ride a factory BMW S 1000 RR next season becoming the new team-mate of Marco Melandri (ITA). The 25-year-old Welshman is the reigning World Supersport Champion and is competing in his debut year in the FIM Superbike World Championship in 2012. He has had some strong performances throughout the season and has already stood on the WSBK podium four times, most recently by winning today’s second race at the Nürburgring.
“We are happy that we can welcome Chaz to the BMW Motorrad family”, says Andrea Buzzoni, General Manager BMW Motorrad Italia, who will take responsibility for the BMW Motorrad factory team from next season. “On his way through the ranks, Chaz showed how talented and fast he is. His title win in the Supersport World Championship in 2011 was impressive proof of that. And in his current debut season in the Superbike World Championship, it did not take him long to win his first race. We are convinced that Marco and Chaz will form a premium rider line-up, and that in combination with the BMW S 1000 RR, we will have one of the strongest packages in the World Championship.”
Profile: Chaz Davies
Date of birth: 10th February 1987
Place of birth: Knighton (Wales)
Place of residence: The Barn, Lower Kinsham, Preteigne (GBR)
Family status: In a relationship with Hattie Hughes
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Hobbies: Motocross, Supermoto, Riding bicycles, fun things with friends and family
Passion: Books, movies, music, his bike Specialized Tarmac SL3, Italian food, his dog Prince
First bike: Lem MV        
First race: 1999 Aprilia Challenge
Superbike World Championship record: 21 races, 1 win, in total 4 podium finishes
Career highlight: 2011 World Supersport Champion, 2008 Winner Daytona 200, 2007 AMA Championship 2 podiums / 2 pole positions, 2007 wild card in MotoGP (final three races), 2003-2006 250cc World Championship, 2002 125cc World Championship, 2001British 125cc Championship (Youngest ever winner of a British 125cc Championship race at the age of 14 years and 5 months)


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Looks like those Ducati rumors are about to come true. I was hoping for a Ben-Suzuki reunion but it doesn't look like it. The pairing of Iannone and Spies could be quite interesting. Andrea has done well in testing and this will be sure to motivate Ben. I think this will make for a very good year, especially with Vale's return to Yamaha. I am hoping for a breakout year for Ben. Although the Ducati has proven to be a chore to ride for most that have ridden it, there has to be another rider beside Casey in the cosmos that can have success with it. It might very well be Ben or Andrea. Lets hope so, as Moto GP needs to have as many prototype bikes as they can get their hands on. If Ducati doesn't do well soon, they may decide to just go to SBK. Not good. If Suzuki does in fact return, things will only get better. What will also be interesting is if Ben does sign with Ducati and it is only for one year. That could signal the possibility of his being available to sign with Suzuki in 2014. Things are looking up!

Obviously the BMW factory team has finally become a good place to be if you want to win races, but still it is a bit of a pity that Chaz is leaving Aprilia now that he has really gotten to grips with that beautiful V4. It may take a change in style again when he gets on the German inline four.