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Test concludes at Portimão for the Racing – Ducati team, next stop: Magny Cours

The day after the tenth round of the WorldSBK Championship at Portimão (Portugal) – which resulted in three podiums overall – the Racing – Ducati team resumed action at the Portuguese track for a one-day, official test. The riders evaluated different chassis and electronics’ configurations to move forward with the development of the Panigale R.

Davies and Melandri posted a personal best of 1:42.711 and 1:43.017 respectively. The Racing – Ducati team will resume action at Magny Cours for the eleventh round of the season, scheduled for September 29th – October 1st.

Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati #7) 1:42.711
“It was an important test, we zeroed in on what works on this track. We’ve been playing around, going in and out a lot, trying different configurations. We tried a new development rear tyre, but we were cut short by the rain. It would have been nice to get a longer run, but the first sensations were good. We also had a couple of new things to evaluate, which had some positives and negatives, and I think we got a better grasp of where we’re at. We’ll keep what’s positive and bring it to Magny Cours, where we’ll try to take home as many points as possible.”

Marco Melandri ( Racing – Ducati #33) 1:43.017
“It’s been a long and positive day. We explored new setups, working a lot with the electronics and weight distribution, and collecting important data. We also tried a new development rear tyre, with good feedback, but the rain didn’t allow us to do many laps with it and we couldn’t go for one final time attack. I think we’re heading in the right direction. With each day, we improve our knowledge of the package, and I hope this will help us to anticipate potential issues from now until the end of the season. We’ll go to Many Cours with more experience, and I can’t wait to see if we can make further improvements. The team has done a great job as usual, now we’ll take a short break to recharge ahead of the next battle.”

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