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  Chaz Davies    Chaz Davies was born in Knighton (Wales) on February 10th 1987 and began his racing career at the age of eight when he made his debut in the British Mini Moto championship. He immediately demonstrated his talent by finishing fifth overall, and then by winning the title in both the following years. He moved up into the Aprilia Challenge 125cc Championship and finished runner-up in 2000. The following year, as well as racing in the British 125cc Championship in a family-run team, he took part in Spain's CEV series. In 2002 he again did some races in CEV and made his first appearance on the world scene in a full season with Team Matteoni Racing. He then switched to the 250cc class in 2003 where he stayed until 2006, but did not score many significant results. The three-year period from 2007 to 2009 saw Chaz take part in the AMA Championship in the USA where he scored a win in the prestigious Daytona 200 Miles race. He then backed up an early end to the AMA series with his MotoGP debut in 2007 on a Pramac D'Antin Ducati machine, competing in three races. In 2009 he took part in three rounds of the Supersport World Championship with the ParkinGO BE1 team. With the Italian squad, Davies finished fourth overall in 2010, and then won the world championship in 2011. The following year Chaz and his team moved up into the Superbike World Championship category, and the Welshman took one victory and won the Rookie of the Year award with ninth place overall in the final standings. These good results earned him a factory bike for 2013, a season in which his team-mate was Marco Melandri. Chaz finished the season in fifth place and stepped onto the top of the podium three times.    In 2014 Ducati made its official return to World Superbike with a factory team and Chaz Davies was one of two men chosen to ride the 1199 Panigale. In his first year with Ducati, he finished sixth overall in the championship, demonstrating the increasing competitiveness of the Panigale SBK. In the following season he scored the bike's first win at Aragon, and this was followed by victories at Laguna Seca (a double win), Sepang and Jerez. These results powered him to the runner-up slot in the championship. In 2016 he finished third overall in the final standings, but took the factory Panigale bike to eleven wins after dominating the final six rounds of the championship.    Personal File Age 31 (Born 10 February 1987 in Knighton, Wales)  Residence Andorra;, AND Marital Status Single Height 183 cm Weight 70 kg Official Website N/A Facebook Chaz Davies Twitter @chazdavies Instagram Chaz Davies 7             Marco Melandri    Marco Melandri was born on August 7th 1982 in Ravenna (Italy) and like many other racers, began his racing career in minibikes, winning the Italian title in two seasons: 1992 and 1994. He then switched to one-make racing, winning the Honda trophy in 1996 and this triumph took him into the Italian 125cc Championship which he won on his debut in 1997. In the same year Marco also took part in the European championship and made his debut in the 125cc world championship at Brno as replacement for an injured rider. In 1998 Melandri competed in the 125cc world championship on a regular basis in a factory team, winning two races (Assen and Brno) in his debut season and finishing third overall in the final standings. He was again competitive in 1999, winning five grands prix and finishing runner-up, but he could have won the title had he not missed the opening two rounds of the championship because of an injury. The 2000 season saw Melandri race in 250cc, where he finished fifth overall, and this result was followed by a third place the following year. Marco was now truly ready for championship success and in fact in 2002 he was crowned 250cc world champion after dominating the season and winning nine races.  Melandri moved up into the MotoGP class, but a series of crashes and retirements in the first two years forced him to miss some rounds and he could only finish 15th overall in 2003 and 13th in 2004. Marco joined Gresini's team the following year and proved to be remarkably successful, taking the runner-up slot in the world championship following two wins at Istanbul and Valencia.            Fourth in 2006 and fifth in 2007, Melandri concluded his three-year stint in the team by always ending up as best classified non-factory rider in the championship. These results earned him a call-up from the Ducati MotoGP Team, which in the meantime had won the 2007 world title with Casey Stoner. The 2008 season however failed to live up to expectations, both for Ducati and Melandri. At the end of the season he moved to the Hayate Racing team for one year before returning to Gresini in 2010, with whom he scored a tenth place overall. In 2011 the Italian switched categories and made his debut in World Superbike, scoring his first win in the second round at Donington and going on to finish runner-up. In 2012 and 2013 Melandri continued in Superbike, finishing respectively third and fourth at the end of the two seasons. Marco was again fourth in 2014, while in 2015 he returned to the MotoGP category, but this adventure came to a conclusion half-way through the season. After a year off in 2016, the Italian rider returned to form part of the Racing - Ducati team for the 2017 season.     Personal File Age 36 (Born 7 August 1982 in Ravenna IT)  Residence Ravenna, IT Marital Status Single Height 165 cm Weight 60 kg Official website Marco Melandri Facebook Marco Melandri Twitter @MarcoMelandri33 Instagram marcomelandri33