Chaz Davies seemed headed for BMW as a coach, but in the end he preferred to stay with Ducati-Aruba. Starting this season, the former rider will follow Alvaro Bautista and Michael Rinaldi on the track, as well as rookie Nicolò Bulega in Supersport.
Below is the press release from the team.
Chaz Davies will remain part of the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati family and will take on the role of Coach, putting his experience and talent at the disposal of Alvaro Bautista, Michael Rinaldi and Nicolò Bulega who - in the 2022 season - will make his debut in the Supersport World Championship riding the Ducati Panigale V2 of the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati WSSP Team.
The Welsh rider (born in Knighton on 10 February 1987) will start a new adventure that will allow him to be at the centre of the action again after 8 campaigns (6 with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team), 266 races, 28 victories and 89 podiums gained with a Ducati machine in the World Superbike Championship.
Stefano Cecconi (Team Principal, Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) expressed his satisfaction: “We are happy to be able to count on Chaz again, albeit in a new role both for him and for our team. His experience will certainly be of great help to our riders, allowing them to express their full potential. His contribution to the SuperSport project will also be fundamental for both Nicolò Bulega and the team, as the Panigale V2 has the DNA of the twin-cylinder Superbikes on which Chaz has achieved outstanding results over the past years".
And so did Chaz: "I’m absolutely thrilled to remain part of the racing world and especially with the Aruba.it - Ducati family, with whom I enjoyed the best years of my racing career. It will be an interesting perspective to see the action from ‘the other side of the fence’! I believe that with my seven years of experience as an official Ducati rider and knowledge of both the Ducati V2 and V4 bikes I am well equipped to contribute to the future success of the team. We have excellent riders for the 2022 SBK/WSS campaigns and I will give everything I can to maximise their potential. I want to thank Stefano Cecconi, Feel Racing and Ducati for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started!”