MotoGP: Title leader tips Chaz Davies for full-time ride

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Casey Stoner reckons close pal Chaz Davies is worthy of a full-time ride in the MotoGP world championship after the British rider impressed on his shock Ducati debut in Laguna Seca last weekend.

Stoner and Davies are long time pals having raced together in Britain back in 2000, and the Aussie proved a big helping hand in giving Davies some advice and tips on mastering the D'Antin Ducati GP7 and the tough Laguna Seca circuit.

After finishing just outside the points following a rear sprocket problem, Stoner said: "He did an awesome job and I really hope he can find a permanent seat. He's done a lot better than some other people have done. It was his first time at the circuit, first time with the team and first time with the bike and tyres."
"Some people do a full winter of testing and don't get results like that. I'd like to see him go further. It would be interesting to see what he could do. He's got the talent and it would be interesting to see him get another chance."

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt