Chaz Davies will return to competitive racing in the Grand Prix paddock after it was confirmed he will compete in the 2024 MotoE World Championship with Aruba.it Racing.
The Welshman has not competed full-time since announcing his retirement at the conclusion of the 2021 WorldSBK Championship owing to persistent injury woes.
However, having gone on to take up a rider coach role within Aruba.it Racing (aka. Feel Racing) to assist with its WorldSBK efforts, Davies will now step back into his leathers to represent the team ahead of its first season competing in MotoE.
“First of all, I would like to thank Stefano Cecconi and Aruba for the trust they have placed in me by embarking on this new adventure.
“Our long relationship has also developed in many different ways, first on the track with Superbike, then in the role of riders’ coach during the last two fantastic seasons. 2024 will be my tenth year of working with Aruba which fills me with pride.
“I am extremely excited for this new chapter, which has only been increased since having already had the chance to ride the Ducati V21L.
“I’ve certainly had a lot of fun riding this innovative bike and look forward to now having the chance to compete with other riders, which is why I didn’t think twice about accepting the Aruba Cloud MotoE team’s proposal.
“It’s with great enthusiasm that I return to the track”
Davies hung up his leathers at the end of his single season campaign with Team Go Eleven after struggling with injury woes, though he has maintained some match fitness with occasional stints in the Endurance World Championship.
Prior to 2021, Davies spent seven seasons with Aruba.it Racing Ducati in WorldSBK, picking up 28 victories and finishing runner-up overall on three occasions.
Chaz Davies beats a return to Grand Prix after 17 years…
As well as being Davies’ first full season of racing for two years, Davies’ MotoE gig will see him compete in the Grand Prix ranks for the first time since 2009 when he started a handful of MotoGP races as a substitute at Pramac Ducati.
However, it will be his first full season in Grand Prix since 2005 when he lined up in the 250GP World Championship.
He will become only the second British rider to compete in MotoE - and the first to do so on the new Ducati V21L MotoE prototype - since its inauguration in 2019, after Bradley Smith.
Aruba.it Racing are one of four new teams competing in MotoE this year having taken over the previous entry held by Pramac Racing. They join Trackhouse Racing (which takes of RNF Racing entry) and MT Helmets - MSi (which takes of Pons Racing), plus all-new entry Forward Racing, in making the transition to the all-electric series.