Borgo Panigale (Italy), Tuesday 8 April 2014 – Almost six weeks after Round 1 of the Superbike World Championship concluded at Phillip Island, Australia, the Ducati Superbike Team now prepares to travel to Spain and the Motorland Aragón circuit for Round 2.
More than a month since the season’s opening round concluded in Australia, the Ducati Superbike Team is keen to return to the racetrack for this weekend’s second championship round, with the Superbikes heading to Motorland Aragón for the fourth consecutive year. The track is situated in Alcañiz, approximately 100 kilometres from the city of Zaragoza.
Factory rider Chaz Davies scored the double race win at the Spanish track last season, crossing the line five seconds ahead of his closest rivals in both of the day’s races. Davide Giugliano had been enjoying a positive weekend too, and found himself battling for a podium spot in Race 1 right up until the final corners of the race when a problem prevented him from crossing the line. A frontrunner again in Race 2, the Italian closed in eventual fourth position.
This year the Ducati Superbike team’s championship campaign got off to a positive start at Phillip Island in Australia. Giugliano, at ease on the Australian track, put in a strong performance in both races, twice crossing the line in fourth place. Davies, despite recording the fastest lap of Race 1, had to be satisfied with seventh and eighth position.
The recent Jerez testing session gave the team a chance to prepare for this weekend’s races; the positive results obtained there bode well for the upcoming event.
Comments ahead of the event:
Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team #34)
“I enjoy racing at Aragón, it’s a great track. Last year I wasn’t doing too badly and was fighting for the third spot. This year I plan to work hard to adapt both myself and my bike as quickly as possible to the track. I consider it an advantage having the ‘Aragón wizard’ there in the garage next to me, as having such a strong teammate always spurs me on even more. I’m keen to get started, we’re coming from Phillip Island where we were strong and from the Jerez tests where we were consistently fast. So I’m extremely motivated to start work at Aragón.”
Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team #7)
“There’s no one stand-out reason for my past results at Aragon I don’t think. It’s a track that I really enjoy riding, it flows really well, and I just seem to be able to get into a good rhythm very easily. Certain riders’ strengths play to different tracks and Aragón seems to work well for me but we won’t get too carried away, as there are other guys who are strong there too. Last week’s tests were positive in that we took a different approach to set-up and got a better idea as to what works and what works less well. It was a test where we gathered information, now we have to see if that can all be implemented in upcoming rounds.”
Name: Motorland Aragón
Length of circuit: 5.344 km
Pole Position: right
Race distance: 17 laps/90.848 km
LAP RECORDS: Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’57.973 (2013). Superpole – Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’56.339 (2013).
2013 RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Davies (BMW); 2. Guintoli (Aprilia); 3. Melandri (BMW). Race 2 – 1. Davies (BMW); 2. Guintoli (Aprilia); 3. Sykes (Kawasaki)
Bike: Ducati 1199 Panigale
Race number: 34
Age: 24 (Born 28/10/1989, Rome, Italy)
Number of SBK races: 55
Number of wins: 0
Number of podiums: 4
Giugliano’s SBK track record at Aragón:
2013: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – 4th
2012: Race 1 – 8th, Race 2 – 10th
Bike: Ducati 1199 Panigale
Race number: 7
Age: 27 (Born 10/02/1987 in Knighton, Wales)
Number of SBK races: 51
Number of wins: 4
Number of podiums: 10
Davies’ SBK track record at Aragón:
2013: Race 1 – winner, Race 2 – winner
2012: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – 3rd
Weekend schedule (CET):
11.45 – 12.30 – SBK Free Practice 1
15.30 – 16.15 – SBK Free Practice 2
9.45 – 10.30 – SBK Free Practice 3
12.30 – 13.00 – SBK Free Practice 4
15.00 – 15.15 – Superpole 1
15.25 – 15.40 – Superpole 2
8.45 – 8.55 – SBK Warm-up
10.30 – SBK Race 1
13.10 – SBK Race 2