Ducati has made a huge announcement this year, the racing team is adding Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri to their line-up for the upcoming 2017 World Superbike season. Melandri also won the Italian 125cc championship in 1997, finishing 4th in European 125cc championship.
In 2000, he was signed by Aprilia to replace Valentino Rossi, who left the team, for the 250cc world championship.
In 2011, Melandri made a huge move to the Superbike World Championship with the Yamaha World superbike Team, replacing Cal Crutchlow, who just moved to the Tech 3 team.
Melandri signed a contract to ride with the BMW World Superbike team in October 2011 after Yamaha elected not to continue with a factory team in the 2011 season. At BMW, Melandri made an impressive race, achieving BMW’s first Superbike Wold Championship victory at Donington Park and taking a second place in the season-opening race at Philip Island. He also won races at Miller Motorsports Park, Motorland Aragon and a double at Brno.
In addition to his motorcycle racing career, Melandri has also competed in car racing, where he raced in the two rounds of the 2008-09 Speedcar Series season. Melandri has missed out a WSBK seat for the 2016 season and has ended up with Ducati, where he will team up with Chaz Davies.
Chaz Davies is a Welsh motorcycle racer who won the 2011 World Supersport championship. The 29-year-old Welsh racer made his debut in the British Mini Moto championship in 1995, moving up to Junior Road racing in 1999.
In 2007, Davies made his MotoGP debut, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where he replaced Alex Hofmann, who suffered an injury after it crashed in first practice.
In 2012, Davies moved to the World Superbike championship to join ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia, where he made an impressive race. He joined Ducati in 2014 and rides for the Aruba.it Ducati team in 2015.
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