Chaz Davies’ 2017: No MotoGP wildcard. At all. According to Ducati boss.


So Chaz Davies is getting his shot in MotoGP with a wild card ride, is he?
No. He’s not.
What’s actually happening, according to Ducati Corse Sporting Director and MotoGP Project Director, Paolo Ciabatti is that Chaz is being tasked with a full-on WSB title attack for next year on the Aruba Ducati machine.


In a report on, motorcycle racing journalist Maria Guidotti has penned an article in which Ciabatti is quoted as saying that whilst there may be a chance to plan a test on the MotoGP bike in the middle of next year – in terms of the A plan – it’s WSB all the way.
“Our target for the 2017 season is clear: we want to win the world superbike title, so there is no need of extra distractions or to take additional risks,” said Ciabatti.
He added: “I know that this is a wish of the rider, but at the moment we are fully focused to validate the GP17. We are working at the development of next year machine so there is no space for other tests. The first riders to return on track will be Michele Pirro and Casey Stoner at Sepang at the end of January, followed by the factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo for the official IRTA test on the Malaysian track. Pirro and Stoner will remain for the whole length of the test.”

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Tony Carter

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