I remember speaking with him in the paddock at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana in 2008. He was racing AMA Supersport on an Attack Performance ZX-6R. He looked so young - and now he's retiring. Geez, has time flown!
Hang on to that picture if you can find it. Davies really paid his dues in the sport, maybe more than any other modern rider. For a while there he was pretty much the guy you got to ride whatever you needed ridden, to fill in for whoever got hurt. Maybe that's what his retirement will look a bit like.
I fluttered over #110 Guzzi while the team of two guys working on it stuffed some track food into their faces.
(Individually. Not into each-others' faces... Not that there's anything wrong with feeding your good racing pal, in the evening, with your own greasy hands, out here, in the rice country of the Sacramento Valley, so close to The Coast yet so close to the Midwest at the same time.... but I just want to clarify any misconceptions anyone may get from my language)
"I love seeing your bike out there! What year is it?"
"It's really hard to say..."
"Ahhh... It's... just a bunch of stuff thrown together..."
"Well I really dig it. Always wanted one, and yours sounds fantastic."
"Thanks! I hope we get it together."
It slowed and stopped on the back of the course in the race.
I recall that Indy's track surfacing came into question in 2012 when a couple of riders, including defending champ Stoner crashed over bumpy sections. It would be interesting if Indy got the race back because of COTA's bumps.