CHAZ Davies will compete in next season's World Superbike Championship (WSBK) after signing with Go Eleven Ducati.

The Presteigne star departed Ducati at the end of last season having claimed three runners-up finishes during his spell with the Italians.

Davies replaces Michael Ruben Rinaldi in a straight swap and means the Welshman can look ahead to next season.

Davies will look to claim his first WSBK title having gone close during his spell with Ducati Aruba.

He said: “I’m very happy to join forces with Go Eleven.

"I think it’s a great opportunity next year for myself and the Go Eleven Team to continue our progression.

"I had a great end to the 2020 season, winning the last race at Estoril and scoring the most points in the last nine races.

"Go Eleven put together a great 2020 season as well. I think it has the makings of a really strong partnership for 2021 WorldSBK Championship.

"I am really excited about it, especially because I had a really good feeling with the bike, and I think that is something we could even take for the step when I am start testing next year.

"So, thanks to Go Eleven for the trust and also thanks to the other partners helping put this together, to give us the chance to win next year: Ducati, ARUBA.IT and Feel Racing. Thanks to everybody involved and I’m just looking forward to getting started.”

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Chaz Davies in action last season. Picture Matteo Cavadini.

Meanwhile Go Eleven team principal Gianni Ramello said it was a dream come true to have Davies sport the colours of his team.

He said: "I wrote a book about my life and my dreams in the WorldSBK Championship. Among my dreams there has always been Chaz, one of those riders who make you fall in love with this sport.

"Now what’s missing has arrived, to crown many years of sacrifices, a lot of commitment and a lot of passion.

"It’ll certainly be a busy year; we all must give our best and bring Chaz to the top step of the podium every possible time.

"There is not only a great and huge happiness, but also the awareness of having a rider with an incredible history, who will now race for our Team Go Eleven.

Team Go Eleven team manager Denis Sacchetti echoed the sentiments, saying: "We’re proud to gain the trust of Chaz, Ducati Corse and Stefano Cecconi; this is an important step in our sporting growth and confirms the goodness of our work.

"Davies is a top rider who needs no introduction and it is an honor to work with him.

"We still have so much to learn and to grow; and knowing that Ducati and Feel Racing will be by our side gives us even more motivation and determination.

"We will give 110 per cent to put Chaz in the best possible conditions, to fight for what he deserves.

"I often watch the riders on the track and he always surprises you, with an aggressive but precise riding style. He puts his heart on the track and you can see it."