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How did Chaz Davies fare on his return to competitive action in first 2024 MotoE test?

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Chaz Davies has begun preparations for his much anticipated return to competitive racing action this season as the 2024 MotoE World Championship sparked into action with a three-day pre-season test at Portimao.

The Welshman is back on track more than two years after hanging up his leathers at the end of the 2021 WorldSBK Championship after agreeing to head up Aruba.it Racing's maiden season at MotoE level.

The multiple WorldSBK title-winning operation, which is branching out into MotoE under the Aruba Cloud MotoE Racing Team, turned its first laps during three days of track time in Portugal with Davies - who last competed at Grand Prix World Championship level full-time some 19 years ago - being joined by fellow rookie team-mate Armando Pontone.


Having focused on an off-track role as rider coach with Aruba.it Racing in recent years, Davies has limited scant competitive outings to a small handful of Endurance World Championship starts. As such, he faces challenging pre-season beyond simply getting to grips with the Ducati V21L electric sports bike, which went some way to explaining a low-key start to proceedings during the test.

Peaking with a best lap of 1m 49.262secs across the entire test, Davies placed 16th out of the 18 riders on the overall timesheets, +2.3secs adrift of Hector Garzo's 1m 46.916secs benchmark effort. The triple WorldSBK runner-up also participated in his first race simulation, but completed only five of the seven lap distance.

Héctor Garzó leads tight timesheets in Portugal

Fourth overall in 2023, Garzo returns to head up Dynavolt Intact GP's MotoE efforts in 2024 and promptly put a fast foot forward as he commanded a three tenth margin over the competition at Portimao.

The Spaniard's advantage notwithstanding though, it remained remarkably close behind him with just four tenths covering the remainder of the top ten.

Defending champion Mattia Casadei led the chase as he made his first appearance since switching to LCR E-Team over the winter. The Italian also led the way during the race simulation from team-mate Eric Granado.

Third on the single lap timesheets was Oscar Gutiérrez for the new Axxis-MSI team (formerly Pons Racing), ahead of inaugural MotoE World Cup champ Matteo Ferrari (Gresini) and Alessandro Zaccone (Tech3 E-Racing).

Portimao will play host to the opening round of the eight-event 2024 MotoE World Championship on 21-22.

🇵🇹 ⏱️ 2024 MotoE World Championship, Portimao | Pre-Season Testing Results [FINAL - 3 Days]

🇵🇹 ⏱️ 2024 MotoE Pre-Season Testing | Portimao, Portugal | Results FINAL [3 Days]
Pos.NameNat.TeamLap Time
1Hector Garzo🇪🇦Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE1m 46.916
2Mattia Casadei🇮🇹LCR E-Team1m 47.231
3Oscar Gutierrez🇪🇦Axxis-MSI1m 47.234
4Matteo Ferrari🇮🇹Felo Gresini MotoE1m 47.277
5Alessandro Zaccone🇮🇹Tech3 E-Racing1m 47.294
6Kevin Zannoni🇮🇹Openbank Aspar Team1m 47.396
7Nicholas Spinelli🇮🇹Tech3 E-Racing1m 47.435
8Miquel Pons🇪🇦Axxis-MSI1m 47.511
9Jordi Torres🇪🇦Openbank Aspar Team1m 47.607
10Lukas Tulovic🇩🇪Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE1m 47.647
11Massimo Roccoli🇮🇹Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse1m 47.762
12Eric Granado🇧🇷LCR E-Team1m 48.108
13Kevin Manfredi🇮🇹Ongetta SIC 58 Squadra Corse1m 48.574
14Alessio Finello🇮🇹Felo Gresini MotoE1m 48.821
15Andrea Mantovani🇮🇹Klint Forward Factory Team1m 48.935
16Chaz Davies🇬🇧Aruba Cloud MotoE Racing Team1m 49.262
17Maria Herrera🇪🇦Klint Forward Factory Team1m 50.791
18Armondo Pontone🇮🇹Aruba Cloud MotoE Racing Team1m 51.106

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