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Davide Giugliano and the Ducati Superbike team made a very promising start to the 2014 Superbike World Championship today at Phillip Island, closing both races inside the top five, a very encouraging result coming at the end of a positive weekend. Chaz Davies closed the races in seventh and eighth position.
Worth mentioning is the good job by Niccola Canepa and the Althea Racing EVO 1199 Panigale who qualified in 10th place
From Ducati Superbike Team:
Phillip Island (Australia), Friday 21 February 2014 – Bad weather conditioned the first day of track action for the Ducati Superbike Team today at Phillip Island. The two riders, Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies, were unable to make use of session one due to rain, but in the afternoon session Giugliano powered his 1199 Panigale into third position while Davies closed ninth, victim of a crash, though without physical consequences, towards the session’s end. The first practice session took place this morning in wet conditions (air temperature 19°C, track temperature 18°C) and the Ducati Superbike men, along with most of the other SBK riders, decided to sit out the session and wait for conditions to improve this afternoon. At the close of this first 45-minute session, only six riders had made timed laps. Conditions picked up considerably in time for the afternoon session. On a completely dry track, Davies and Giugliano went straight out, ready to make the most of the 45-minute session, having lost out on valuable track time this morning. Giugliano made some fast laps in the first phase but put in his best lap in the final seconds of the session, moving up into third position thanks to a lap time of 1’31.2, just one tenth of a second from today’s leader Alex Lowes. His team-mate Davies improved towards mid-session but unfortunately his session came to a premature close after a highside at Turn 9 ten minutes before the end of the practice. The British rider, despite the bad crash, fortunately didn’t suffer any serious injury and closed the session in ninth position, with a best time of 1’31.7. Chaz will participate in tomorrow’s sessions. This season a rule change means that times from Friday’s two free practice sessions and Saturday morning’s practice are combined to establish who qualifies for Saturday afternoon’s Superpole 1 and 2.
Davide Giugliano – Ducati Superbike Team #34 “It’s gone quite well this afternoon. We’ve had to try various things, considering how different track conditions were today compared to testing earlier this week. We worked on different bike set-ups and I’d say that we’re at a good point. We also tested the new tyre compound; it was a little difficult to find a good feeling with it but once we went back to the tyres that we had used during testing things improved greatly and everything worked well. For now I’m fairly pleased but there’s more work to do tomorrow of course.”
Chaz Davies – Ducati Superbike Team #7 “It’s been quite a difficult day. We lost time this morning because of the bad weather and so we needed a good session this afternoon. It was a pity about the crash because up until that point I felt that times were coming fairly easily. I hit my head but, after resting up tonight, I’ll be ready to get back on track tomorrow and continue working with my team to find the best set-up for my Panigale at this track.”
WSBK BeIN TV Schedule for this weekend
Here is what BeIN is showing, and they are saying it’s live and exclusive to them. (Not sure how this relates to the newly available paid subscription coverage)
By the way, Uverse is listing the coverage as FIM Superbike World Championship
Today 2/19 7:00-7:30 pm Season Preview
2/21 Superpole – 10:45pm – 12am Friday both on BeIN and the BeIN Sport Play web link
Saturday at 7:30PM Race 1 (both on BeIN and the BeIN Sport Play web link)
Saturday at 10:00PM Race 2 (both on BeIN and the BeIN Sport Play web link)
Anybody else well and truly ready for race season to kick off??? Here's a little help so you don't miss the coverage.
The Ducati Superbike Team completed two days of official testing at the Phillip Island circuit today, with riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano lining up alongside all of the other Superbike teams for the first time this season.
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WSBK Monday - Combined times: 1. Laverty (Suzuki) 1'30.513 average 176.912 kph; 2. Giugliano (Ducati) 1'30.718; 3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'30.737; 4. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'30.757; 5. Lowes (Suzuki) 1'31.000; 6. Melandri (Aprilia) 1'31.146; 7. Haslam (Honda) 1'31.172; 8. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'31.321; 9. Rea (Honda) 1'31.404; 10. Davies (Ducati) 1'31.419; 11. Canepa (Ducati) 1'31.897; 12. Elias (Aprilia) 1'32.301; 13. Salom (Kawasaki) 1'32.636; 14. Corti (MV Agusta) 1'32.858; 15. Barrier (BMW) 1'32.997; 16. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 1'33.509; 17. Foret (Kawasaki) 1'33.676; 18. Morais (Kawasaki) 1'33.954; 19. Scassa (Kawasaki) 1'33.960; 20. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1'34.140; 21. Fabrizio (Kawasaki) 1'34.314; 22. Toth (BMW) 1'36.258; NC. May (EBR) 1'38.152; NC. Yates (EBR) 1'39.656; NC. Sebestyen (BMW) 1'42.242.
Not a bad first day....
Mandatory pitstops came to MotoGP in Australia as tyre wear concerns on the resurfaced Phillip Island track led to an emergency one-off format change.
As a keen observer of the obvious it really is a miracle tires that literally cooked themselves to death internally didn't produce a much worse. I tend to agree with Toby Moody in full. This was, at the end of the day, a very good call.
Just in case you didn't see a photo of the tires, click HERE
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation says it has plans to lure Casey Stoner out of retirement for this year's MotoGP event at Phillip Island.Australian MotoGP organisers are pursuing retired two-wheel ace Casey Stoner in the hope he'll return to Phillip Island for this year's event.The 27-year-old quit the sport last November but will jump back on a bike this week for a two-day test in Japan with his former MotoGP team Honda.He is slated for another two sessions in August to ride a prototype of Honda's 2014 model.
Stoner admitted he missed the thrill of competing on two wheels in announcing the brief comeback, having struggled to stamp his mark on four in the V8 Supercars' second-tier category.
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Interesting given Livio Suppo's strong comments regarding this at Laguna...
Just sent this via Facebook with no photo credit given of Carlos Checa's crash in race one on Sunday, it's quite a shot. Also recently posted was this from Team Ducati Alstare:
Carlos is out of hospital! Doctors said he is fine! Alstare crew is flying back to Europe now
After yesterday’s superb Superpole victory, expectations were high for good results today and Carlos Checa made his intentions clear by making a good start in the first of the two 22-lap races. At the end of the first lap, he was in third place before forcing his way into second spot after five laps. From then on he was locked in a battle for a podium place with Haslam and Melandri and although he could catch and pass his rivals on the brakes and in the turns, he was losing out on the straights. Trying to pass Melandri on the brakes going into Siberia, Carlos inadvertently clipped the back end of the Italian’s BMW, causing both to crash.
Carlos Checa has given the brand-new Ducati 1199R a perfect qualifying debut by claiming pole position for the opening round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island.
A tenth career pole position for the man that has won four of the last five WSBK races to be held at the Australian venue, Checa would save his best until last as he swept to the top of the standings with his final lap...
To view Superpole times click HERE
While the Moto2 and Moto3 riders finish up their test at Valencia, on the other side of the world, the World Superbike and World Supersport riders are beginning the final run in to the season opener in 10 days’ time.
They started today with the first of two days of private testing, the first chance the riders get to see the resurfaced Phillip Island track. The overall reaction to the new surface was very positive, though the lack of rubber on the track caused a spot of mayhem in the morning, with several riders crashing out.
Fastest man of the day was Eugene Laverty on the factory Aprilia, the Irishman circulating at lap record pace, but still a second off the pole record. Leon Camier put the Fixi Suzuki into 2nd spot, ahead of the Pata Hondas of Johnny Rea and Leon Haslam, while Marco Melandri ended the day in 5th. Carlos Checa did not ride, as the 2011 World Champion was suffering with a stomach bug.
Australia’s motorsport mecca is in the midst of its first major facelift in 14 years.
Pretty interesting, lots of details about the actual paving process and the unusual way they are doing it.
Troy was our special guest at our 'Legends Evening' on 27/Oct/2012 in Phillip Island. The event was totally sold out with 250 people crowding in for the unlimited beer, wine and canapes; and some amazing insights into the career and sport from one of the true legends. This 30 minute video takes in an opening tribute from Ducati and the QA.
Rossi wasn't particularly interested in discussing the race, but he was happy to comment on the championship winners...