WSB: Chaz Davies to ride for Team Go Eleven Ducati in 2021
Chaz Davies has secured his spot on the 2021 World Superbike grid after signing with Team Go Eleven Ducati.
The Welshman lost his spot in the ARUBA.IT Racing factory Ducati team at the end of last season, ending a seven-season relationship. His departure came as a shock to many, with the 33-year-old outscoring everybody in the final nine races of 2020. Overall, Davies secured two victories and seven further podiums last season on the Panigale V4 R.
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Today's announcement means that it’s a straight rider swap between the factory and satellite Ducati teams, with Michael Ruben Rinaldi going the other way.
“I’m very happy to join forces with Go Eleven," Davies said. "I think it’s a great opportunity next year for myself and the Go Eleven Team to continue our progression.
"I had a great end to the 2020 season, winning the last race at Estoril and scoring the most points in the last nine races. Go Eleven put together a great 2020 season as well. I think it has the makings of a really strong partnership for 2021 WorldSBK Championship."
Despite being an independent team, the Go Eleven outfit did enjoy a successful 2020 with Rinaldi. The Italian finished seventh overall after an impressive campaign which saw him take victory, and two further podiums, at the Teruel round held at Aragon.
Go Eleven traditionally run the previous year's factory bike, but it’s not yet known which model Davies will get his hands on. If the trend continues, it may be that Davies keeps the V4 R that he rode this year.
“I am really excited about it, especially because I had a really good feeling with the bike, and I think that is something we could even take for the step when I am start testing next year," Davies added.
"So, thanks to Go Eleven for the trust and also thanks to the other partners helping put this together, to give us the chance to win next year: Ducati, ARUBA.IT and Feel Racing. Thanks to everybody involved and I’m just looking forward to getting started!"
Davies is one of the most successful riders in WSB, despite not yet becoming champion, with 32 victories and 98 podiums.