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Day 1 at Sepang brings positive results for Davies and the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team

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Sepang (Malaysia), Friday 31 July 2015 – The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team and rider Chaz Davies, on track for the first sessions at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, concluded day one of this tenth round of the 2015 World Superbikes in second position.

Fairly warm and sunny conditions for the first timed practice session with a track temperature of 35°C. Davies was lapping well right from the start, recording times that immediately positioned him at the top of the timesheets. His best lap, completed in 2’04.972 saw him conclude this opening session in second place.

In the subsequent session a wet track, due to heavy rain prior to the practice, prevented all SBK riders from improving on their lap times. Having spent most of the session in the garage, Davies made an exit in the final phase, setting the fastest lap of this semi-dry session.

Davies thus closed this first day of action in second position overall. Tomorrow he will return to the track for the final timed practice and the all-important Superpole.

Quotes after the day’s sessions:

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 2nd (2’04.972)
“This morning’s practice went very well for an opening session. We tried to understand the new tyre options that Pirelli has brought to this event. My ‘ideal time’ is already as fast as I went on a qualifier last year and this is already a boost. We’re continuing to work on the rear end of the bike in terms of grip and stability as I think this will be key tomorrow and Sunday. Track conditions are fairly good, obviously this afternoon was different with patchy conditions after the rain that fell prior to the session, but it’s always useful to go out anyway, in case conditions are similar come race day…”