Chaz Davies is a Welsh motorbike racer born in Knighton in 1987. He started racing at a young age and made his minimoto debut in 1999. Since then he has risen through the ranks to dominate both the Brits and the The World Stage. Racing in the 125cc and 250cc world championships, the Welshman joined the World Superbike paddock in 2010.
With a stellar performance in 2011, Davies moved to WorldSBK on an Aprilia and has been at the top of his game ever since. The Welsh rider joined Ducati in 2014 and has scored as many as 25 wins and 44 podiums with his Ducati Panigale R. Davies joined the GoEleven team in 2021 before retiring. If you’re a Chaz Davies fan, here are 10 interesting facts about the great Welsh rider.
ten He started running at the age of 8
Chaz Davies was born in Knighton, Wales and started racing aged 8 when he competed in the British Minibike Championship in 1995. Although Chaz was just testing the waters during his freshman year, he caught on very quickly, finishing at the top of the Paul Godward Trophy class in 1998.
At the age of 12 Davies entered the 125cc class for Aprilia and finished 6th. At Donnington he set a new lap record and was named “Superteen of the Year”. Chaz was the youngest rider to compete and complete the entire 2002 GP Motorcycle Racing season.
9 2011 Supersport World Champion
After an incredible season that saw Davies score 8 podiums with six race wins out of 12 completed, the Welshman claimed the 2011 Supersport World Championship title with a comfortable 35 point advantage.
Davies had an unbeatable season, thanks to the Yamaha YZF-R6 winning a championship title in 2009. It took Davies more than 15 years to reach this point in his career and he couldn’t hide his enthusiasm.
8 Surf for fun
Chaz Davies lives a simple life as a superbike racer, husband and daughter-in-law. When he’s not on the trail rushing for first place, you might catch him spending time with his family, surfing or hiking.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, everything, including sports activities, was disrupted. While some sports stars tried to spend more time with their families during the lockdown, Davies was surfing in Bali with fellow motorcycle rider Leon Camier.
seven Davies’ Ducati Panigale V4 R fire
In May 2016, tragedy struck Donington Park, when Chaz Davies’ Ducati Panigale V4 R caught fire rather dramatically and saw the Welshman jump off the bike, and thankfully unharmed. The fire was finally extinguished before destroying the Ducati Panigale V4 R.
The incident forced Chaz to return to the pits, but he eventually finished the session as the 13th fastest driver. Although the aruba.it Racing Ducati team did not give full details on the cause of the fire, it is believed to have resulted from a mechanical fault.
6 Debut in endurance racing
Chaz Davies would have made his endurance racing debut at the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans, but in a surprising turn of events, he retired due to an undisclosed illness. Davies was due to race in the FIM Endurance World Championship but the unnamed virus, which he says is not COVID-19, will inevitably miss him.
Davies made the announcement in a video posted to his verified Twitter account, saying he was extremely disappointed to miss the race. It would have been great to see Chaz at one of the five FIM EWC rounds in 2022.
5 WorldSBK accident in Barcelona
In September 2021 Davies was involved in an accident with Puccetti Kawasaki rider Lucas Mahias during a Superpole race at turn 11-12. The Go Eleven team has confirmed that Chaz suffered two broken ribs following the crash at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The race was red flagged, as Davies was taken to the medical center.
Davies was initially diagnosed with a lumbar contusion, but further damage assessments revealed he had in fact broken two ribs, according to the Italian team’s statement. Prior to the Barcelona accident, Chaz had complained of shoulder pain following his Misano accident.
4 The Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy
Chaz Davies received the Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy, just a month after retiring from World Superbikes. Although Davies did not win the World Superbike Championship, the Welsh Motoring Writers Group deemed him fit for the award as a frequent race winner, championship runner-up and great Welsh ambassador.
The Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy is an annual award that pays tribute to Tom Pryce, the Welsh motorsport driver who died in the 1977 South African Grand Prix.
Chaz Davies officially announced his retirement from the World Superbike Championship by the end of the 2021 season. He made his decision public at a press conference held in Barcelona in September 2021. Speaking at the conference , the Welshman said the decision to retire “didn’t come easily” as he believes it’s the right time to hang up his boots.
Chaz is one of the greatest riders in WorldSBK history, finishing second in 2015, 2017 and 2018. The most memorable moment of his career was winning races on Italian soil.
2 2011 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
Chaz Davies became the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 2011 following a public poll. Davies was named the winner of the prestigious award after surprisingly beating Paralympian Nathan Stephens, world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene and triathlete Helen Jenkins.
Davies won the 2011 Supersport World Championship and became the first Welshman to win a World Superbike class title, so his name was on everyone’s lips. Also, don’t forget that he is a former BBC Wales Young Sportsman of the Year.
1 Coach job Aruba.it Racing Ducati
Ducati have unveiled Chaz Davies as coach for the 2022 season. The Welshman has enjoyed the most successful race of his career with the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team. The 34-year-old, who finally ended his career in November 2021, says he is absolutely “thrilled to continue being part of the racing world”.
With over 10 years of WSBK experience, Chaz will mentor factory Ducati WSBK riders Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Alvaro Bautista. The Welshman believes his vast experience and knowledge of Ducati V2 and V4 motorcycles qualifies him for the job.