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The Racing – Ducati Superbike Team concludes a positive day of testing at Portimao

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Portimao (Portugal), Monday 8 June 2015 – Immediately after concluding the seventh round of the Superbike World Championship at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve yesterday, the Racing – Ducati Superbike Team was back on the same track today, with official riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, to take part in an official Dorna test day.

In hot and sunny conditions (air temperature 30°C, track 52°C), the Italian squad’s work focused principally on testing the various front tyres provided by Pirelli especially for this test. With a whole day available, the riders also tested various set-up solutions for their Panigale R bikes, identifying some interesting things ahead of the next races.

Over the course of the day, Davies completed 74 laps and Giugliano 58, with the team collating a lot of data which it is hoped will be of use in upcoming races, particularly those that will be run in hot conditions.

The Misano World Circuit is the next destination for the Racing – Ducati Superbike Team, with round 8 of the World Superbike Championship scheduled to take place over the weekend of 19-21 June.

Quotes at the end of testing:

Davide Giugliano – ( Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #34)
“We have tested various set-up solutions, something that needed to be done calmly during testing as they have taken us quite far from the way we normally work. At the end of the day I can say that some of these configurations have worked very well. Next up is Misano, another hot track, and so I think it’s also important I was able to make my fastest lap today during the afternoon session with a track temperature of over 50°C. The Pirelli solutions have proved to be very effective. All in all, it’s been a really useful day which has brought very positive results for us.”

Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #7)
“I have found a bit of a better feel for the front tyre by working with the weight distribution on the bike, but we haven’t really found what we were looking for in terms of getting the bike to turn better, despite having tried a lot of different things. I’ve tested the tyres made available for us by Pirelli and it looks like they have developed some good solutions for future races, especially the hotter ones, so it was good to get a feel for them. I’m still disappointed though because I hoped to find a set-up that would help me when conditions are hotter, but we have nevertheless collected a lot of important information for the next races.”

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