For some weeks now there has been open talk of Danilo Petrucci as a possible replacement for Chaz Davies with Ducati in Superbike.
Actually Danilo would like to continue his adventure in MotoGP and, at the moment, he has two possibilities ahead of him: the place left free by Pol Espargarò in KTM and Aprilia, should Andrea Iannone be sentenced for doping that would prevent him from racing.
These two reasons are enough to give Chaz hope for a re-confirmation.
By his own admission, Davies struggled with the new bike in the first part of 2019, but then overtook team-mate Alvaro Bautista doing better on some occasions.
"“We haven’t really approached the conversation about the future, not yet, not seriously anyway. Everybody is talking about ‘how do we come out of coronavirus and how do we manage the situation from this year?’ but at the same time opening up the conversation about 2021 as well - said to Bikesportnews Davies, who is due to become a dad any day now - I really want to make sure I get a second opportunity, a fair crack of the whip with this Panigale V4R. We might have quite a lot of races packed in this year and it will add some pressure. Races close together are always more taxing, physically and mentally. It’s the same for everyone, so we will just get stuck in”.
Davies, obviously, would like to be reconfirmed because after hopefully more than half a season to get used to the four-cylinder engine, he now thinks he has learned to exploit it.
"This is my second season on the V4 and, for me, is a chance to build on what we did last year which obviously was turbulent. From the middle to the end of the season we put together a lot of good races and pretty much had podium pace. It’s no secret that the beginning of last year was a tricky start but, in the end, we still won a race last season, still finished on the podium plenty of times. I think it’s quite easy to overlook those results when Alvaro had such a strong beginning of the year. It’s easy to overlook that I beat him from the middle to the end of last year”, has concluded.