Chaz Davies eyeing MotoGP switch in 2016

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Chaz Davies is hoping a title challenge with Ducati in World Superbikes next year will be the springboard to a MotoGP switch in 2016.

The 27-year-old will remain on a factory Ducati Panigale in 2015, but believes sweeping rule changes planned for MotoGP the following season, including controlled electronics for all and a tyre switch from Bridgestone to Michelin, make it the perfect time to move to MotoGP.

The former World Supersport champion told MCN: “I would love to have another shot in the MotoGP paddock and now I am really looking at it for 2016. The rule changes and the tyre changes are an extra reason to try because it will massively shorten the learning curve. Everybody has got to roll out at the first test and find the limit of the bike rather than counting on years of experience with bikes and tyres.”

Davies said his ideal scenario would be to clinch a future switch current paymasters Ducati and he added: “If I can have a good year with Ducati next year I would like to think it would give me a good chance to move to MotoGP with a company that is still pushing hard to try and win. They have had a tough few years but they are pushing just as hard as anybody else to improve and that would be the best option.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt