Chaz Davies doesn’t want satellite Ducati

Davies, 33, has been part of the Ducati WSBK stable since 2014, but his seat with the Italian marque’s works team has come under increasing threat.

Having been outperformed last year by teammate Alvaro Bautista, the Welsh rider has  struggled to keep pace with his new partner Scott Redding for much of the 2020 season, having only finished ahead of the Englishman in races both have finished twice this year.

Amid Michael Ruben Rinaldi’s improving form on the Go Eleven Ducati Panigale V4 R, including victory in Aragon earlier this month, there have been suggestions that the Italian rider could replace Davies in the factory team in 2021.

Factory options elsewhere in WSBK are limited, with only Yamaha and Honda each having one seat still available in their 2021 line-ups.

But Davies was adamant last weekend that switching to Go Eleven, or another privateer Ducati team such as Barni Racing, would not be of interest if he loses his current seat.

Asked by about a move to Go Eleven or Barni, Davies replied: “Honestly speaking, the effort I put in to ride for the best team with the best bike, the best engineers, the best support… I come here to win races and do a job like I did [on Sunday].

“I don’t think that kind of thing is possible in a satellite team. It’s possible, but it’s not…

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