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The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team on the podium again in Sepang with Chaz Davies, 6th place for Davide Giugliano

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The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team took it back to the track in Sepang for Race 1 in extremely hot weather conditions (32 degrees in the air, 46 on the tarmac). Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano started from second and third row respectively after finishing Superpole in fifth and ninth position and, thanks to a strong start, both riders took fourth and fifth place at turn 1.

The leading group quickly split itself, and Davies enjoyed a long fight for second position against championship leader Rea. Giugliano, slightly further back, raced for the most part within the top five, battling for fourth position against Torres, Lowes, and Hayden. Both Davies and Giugliano showed a consistent pace despite the low grip level and tyre wear, finishing the race in third and sixth position respectively.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 3rd
“It was a difficult race for us today. I struggled to get the bike turning from mid corner, and I lost a few tenths here and there in corner exit as well. I didn’t have the usual feeling on the bike, and I couldn’t get as close to the limit as I would have liked to. Compared with yesterday, we definitely made some progress, but we’re still at 95% of our potential. I was expecting Sykes to slow down eventually, but he didn’t. I was hoping to at least be able to make a move on Rea, but honestly we couldn’t have done more today. Now we’ll sit down with the team to come up with a plan to improve tomorrow.”

Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #34) – 6th
“We opted for a soft rear tyre during the race, which theoretically could have been a risky choice, but actually gave us some quite good feedback. Instead, we struggled with the front, which dropped more than we expected. This hindered us both under braking and cornering, but I was definitely able to ride better today than at any time during practice. This means we’re heading in the right direction. We still have our work cut out for us, but we found a good basis to make more progress tomorrow.”

Ernesto Marinelli, Superbike Project Director
“It was undoubtedly a difficult race for us. The track conditions changed throughout the practice sessions, and so did the weather, making it more difficult to set up the bikes. During the race, we were able to collect some important data that was not available to us earlier on during the weekend, and we’ll try to make the most of it to score better results tomorrow.