Chaz Davies has captured the 2011 Supersport World Championship, completing a triumphant return to the series for Yamaha.
Davies, the 2008 Daytona 200 winner, finished the Magny-Cours round in sixth place, giving him an insurmountable 35-point lead over Hannspree Ten Kate Honda‘s Fabien Foret with one race remaining.
The championship comes in Yamaha‘s return from a one-year absence from the series. Yamaha withdrew from World Supersport competition after winning the 2009 title but returned this year. The one-year hiatus did not appear to be a problem for Yamaha or the YZF-R6.
“It’s been an amazing season and it has taken me 15 long years to get me where I am now. There are so many emotions hitting me all at once, I’ve worked towards this all my life and I still believe I am now in this position,” says Davies. “I can’t thank my team and Yamaha enough for all their effort. I certainly didn’t think at the beginning of the year that I’d be here now, taking the championship title. My family and my girlfriend have been behind me all the way and I owe them so much. Thanks to everyone who helped make this magical moment happen.”
Teammate Luca Scassa added another three wins including a victory in the Magny-Cours race to secure the top spot in the team standings for ParkinGo.
[Source: WSBK, Yamaha]