British rider Chaz Davies will assume the role of Rider’s Coach for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team for the 2022 season. The Welshman had huge success with Ducati machinery in his WorldSBK career and will hope to apply the experience he has to his new role.
Last year, Davies announced his retirement as a rider in the World Superbike Championship, but remains in the paddock as coach to riders Alvaro Bautista, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Nicolo Bulega, who joins the team in the WorldSSP category.
Davies has achieved 28 victories on a Ducati motorcycle in WorldSBK, the last being at the Estoril circuit in 2021. In addition to Ducati, he has already disputed the championship with other brands, such as Aprilia and BMW.
Looking ahead to his new role, Davies said: “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 WorldSBK and WorldSSP campaigns and I will give everything I can to maximize their potential. I want to thank Stefano Cecconi, Feel Racing and Ducati for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started!”.
Team Principal of Aruba.it Racing – Ducati, Stefano Cecconi, added: “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 Nicolo Bulega and the team, as the Panigale V2 has the DNA of the twin-cylinder Superbikes on which Chaz achieved outstanding results over the past years.”