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The Ducati Superbike Team travels from Portugal straight to the USA


Borgo Panigale (Italy), Tuesday 8 July 2014 - The Ducati Superbike Team travels on to the American circuit of Laguna Seca for round 9 of the 2014 Superbike World Championship, just two days after round 8 concluded at Portimao in Portugal.

The Ducati factory team, and riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, are now traveling to the USA, and the Californian track of Laguna Seca, where they hope to be able to continue the trend of positive results obtained at last weekend’s Portuguese event. In Sunday’s second race, held at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve just a couple of days ago and in wet conditions, both Ducati factory riders celebrated reaching the podium, in second (Davide) and third (Chaz) position, the first time since June 2012 that two Ducati riders were on the rostrum together.

Both of the Ducati Superbike riders stepped up to the podium during last year’s Laguna event, in the track’s first appearance on the SBK calendar for nine years. Davies achieved a third place finish in the day’s first race, which was shortened after two crashes caused two red flags, while Giugliano missed the race win for just one tenth of a second in race 2, closing second and setting a new fastest lap (1’23.707) on lap 7 of said race. With both riders citing Laguna Seca, located in Monterey County in California, as one of their preferred tracks, they will be determined to power their 1199 Panigale bikes to positive results this coming weekend.

After the eighth round at Portimao, Davies holds sixth position in the general standings, followed by Giugliano, seventh. Ducati is still lying fourth in the manufacturer’s championship.


Comments ahead of the event:

Chaz Davies – Ducati Superbike Team #7
“I’m excited ahead of Laguna. I took a podium finish last time around and it’s always been one of my favourite tracks. California itself is a beautiful part of the world, whether you’re there to race or simply to relax. Canepa was going strong in the race last year with the Ducati, and both Davide and I scored some good results there too. I feel that we took another good step forward in Portimao and I’m hopeful that the bike will work well this coming weekend too; I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do at Laguna.”

Davide Giugliano – Ducati Superbike Team #34
“I admit that Laguna is one of my favourite tracks, it seems to suit my riding style and last year I came extremely close to taking the win in race 2. I can’t wait to get back to racing there and, after the podium at Portimao, I think we’ll arrive in America more determined than ever. I hope that we are able to adapt my Panigale to the track as quickly as possible, and that I am able to make two great races – I can’t wait.”


Circuit information:

Country: USA
Name: Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway
Length of circuit: 3.610 km
Pole Position: right
Race distance: 25 laps/90.250 km

LAP RECORDS: Best lap – Giugliano (Aprilia) 1'23.707 (2013). Superpole – Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'22.683 (2013).

2013 RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Guintoli (Aprilia); 2. Sykes (Kawasaki); 3. Davies (BMW). Race 2 – 1. Laverty (Aprilia); 2. Giugliano (Aprilia); 3. Melandri (BMW).


Rider information:

Chaz Davies
Bike: Ducati 1199 Panigale
Race number: 7
Age: 27 (Born 10/02/1987 in Knighton, Wales)
Number of SBK races: 67
Number of wins: 4
Number of podiums: 13

Davies’ SBK track record at Laguna Seca:
2013: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – DNF


Davide Giugliano
Bike: Ducati 1199 Panigale
Race number: 34
Age: 24 (Born 28/10/1989, Rome, Italy)
Number of SBK races: 71
Number of wins: 0
Number of podiums: 6

Giugliano’s SBK track record at Laguna Seca:
2013: Race 1 – 6th, Race 2 – 2nd


Weekend schedule (CET -9):

Friday
10.30 – 11.15 – SBK Timed Practice 1
14.00 – 14.45 – SBK Timed Practice 2
16.45 – 17.30 – SBK Timed Practice 3

Saturday
10.00 – 10.30 – SBK Free Practice
13.00 – 13.15 – Superpole 1
13.25 – 13.40 – Superpole 2

Sunday
9.00 – 9.15 – SBK Warm-up
11.00 – SBK Race 1
14.45 – SBK Race 2
 

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Davies is second fastest, just a tick off Sykes' fastest time!!! :)
 
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Yeah baby! End of the day's session and Davies will start Superpole 2 as fastest rider of the day. Giugliano had a little wander into the kitty litter. There was a red flag for Elias' off but he's fine.
Canepa leads the Evo class in time and remember that bike at Althea is Ducati Corse's development project bike for when the whole class goes evo rules so things are looking good there too.
Kawasaki's have fallen off here and Baz is having a shocker. Interesting times.

And it's past 2 am here. head's pounding, I'm off to the land of nod. later guys.


Edit:/ if the press release comes in the next half hour I'll post it, pics can wait until tomorrow. Some are in but can't face photoshop with this headache.
 

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Davies qualifies first for tomorrow’s Superpole at Laguna Seca!

Monterey (USA), Friday 11 July 2014 –
The Ducati Superbike Team today participated in the three timed practice sessions valid for qualification to tomorrow’s Superpole at the Laguna Seca racetrack in California and results were immediately positive, with rider Chaz Davies scoring provisional pole!

In the morning’s first session, and under cloudy skies with a track temperature of 24°C, Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano wasted no time in getting down to work. Davies quickly moved into first position during the opening stages, with a fastest time of 1’24.300 that positioned him fourth at the end of the 45-minute session. Giugliano, slowed down by a technical problem that kept him in the garage for the second half of the session, closed tenth with a best time of 1’25.261.

Both factory riders made good progress during session two. Chaz continued to improve, completing a series of very fast laps with a best time of 1’23.616 which put him up into second position by the session’s end. Davide, working hard with his technicians to improve both his feeling during braking and level of rear grip, lowered his time by more than a second to close sixth (1’24.112).

The third and final timed session took place later in the day on a hotter track (43°C). A best time of 1’23.293, recorded by Davies in the opening stages of the session, proved unbeatable and assured the British rider of overall first position at the end of day 1. Davide, using the time available to work with his squad on making set-up changes to his 1199 Panigale, closed in ninth position. Today’s combined results mean that both Ducati Superbike men qualify directly for tomorrow’s Superpole 2.


Quotes after the day’s sessions:


Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 1st (1’23.293)

“Today’s been a really good day, we’ve been strong in each session and have also worked our way up in each session too. We’ve made a few tweaks throughout the day and everything seems to be working well. I feel we’re having a good spell right now; after solid results at Misano and Portimao we’ve come to Laguna knowing that the Panigale should perform well here, and so far it’s all going well. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow in qualifying, as that’s not always my strong point but I’m feeling good and hope we can fight for a front row start.”

Davide Giugliano - (Ducati Superbike Team #34) – 9th (1’23.934)
“We’ve not had an easy day today. I don’t have the right feeling when braking and the bike doesn’t close the corners as I want it to, so we’re behind with the work. We still haven’t found the right set-up and so we’ll work to find a solution this evening. On the other hand, Chaz is going really well which is good as it means the bike can work well here but it also means we must work more on set-up as for now the bike isn’t allowing me to ride as I want. There’s more for us to do tomorrow.”
 

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rather late, pictures.
 

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No post race discussion yet?
 

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EBR scoring their first official points via Larry Pegram. Good for them even if it was the 3rd restart after 2 red flags and a short field.
 
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I have plenty to discuss in both race threads. Forgive me, I've not been at my best after probably overdoing it at the weekend. So, I'm off for a beer hopefully with my mate Moly shortly then I'll come back and put the world to rights ;)
 

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Bummer for the Ducati guys :(. Hope Davies is ok, though I haven't heard anything about him after his crash. Giugliano's crash could've really messed some people up, luckily everyone got away without hitting his bike. Also, Barrier's crash looked pretty severe, but I didn't see how it happened. Just saw him flipping over on the straight and slamming into the side wall. Hope he'll be fine as well! Laguna Seca proved to be a hard track this weekend.
 

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Guiggliano (sp) was on a mission in that last restart. I believe he would have been on the podium if it weren't for the corkscrew
 
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