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The Racing – Ducati team ready to race in Laguna Seca with Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano

After stopping by Misano to celebrate World Ducati Week with Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano in front of 81.000 fans, the Racing – Ducati team is ready to head overseas for the ninth round of the WorldSBK championship in Laguna Seca (U.S.).

Davies has already shown a penchant for the Californian track, where he scored his first double win on the Panigale R (together with pole position and fastest lap in the race) in 2015. Giugliano, on the other hand, missed the victory by only a tenth of a second in Race Two in 2013 but crashed out last year and was consequently sidelined until the end of the season due to a back injury. Action will resume at 10:15 local time (CET -9) on Friday for the first free-practice session.

Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 3rd (244 points)
“I really enjoy riding in Laguna Seca, it’s different from any other track on the calendar and quite demanding, both for the bike and the rider. All season long, we’ve always had the pace to fight at the top, but the last few rounds haven’t been as smooth as we would have liked. Some unexpected difficulties have slowed us down a bit and we’ve lost points in the championship. That said, I still believe we can turn things around but we need to start now.”

Davide Giugliano ( Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #34) – 4th (165 points)
“In the last three rounds, we managed to progressively improve together with the team, and we stepped on the podium in Sepang, Donington and Misano, even if we would have liked to have done better in terms of consistency. I always liked the Laguna Seca track before getting badly injured last year, so the goal is to leave the past behind. We’ve already done that in Phillip Island, where we had two solid races, and we’re confident we can do it also this time around.”

Circuit Information:
Country: USA
Name: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Length: 3.610 km
Pole position: right
Race distance: 25 laps/90.250 km

Circuit record – Giugliano (Ducati) 1’23.403 (2014)
Best lap – Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’21.811 (2014)

Race 1: Davies (Ducati), Sykes (Kawasaki), Rea (Kawasaki)
Race 2: Davies (Ducati), Sykes (Kawasaki), Rea (Kawasaki)

Rider information:

Chaz Davies
Bike: Ducati Panigale R
Race number: 7
Age: 29 (Born 10/02/1987 in Knighton, Wales)
Number of SBK races: 117
Number of wins: 13
Number of podiums: 41

Davide Giugliano
Bike: Ducati Panigale R
Race number: 34
Age: 26 (Born 28/10/1989 in Rome, Italy)
Number of SBK races: 106
Number of wins: –
Number of podiums: 13