Front row start for Giugliano and the Ducati Superbike Team
Nice job by the Ducati Superbike Team who continue the good pace they established in testing by securing a 2nd place spot for Davide Giugliano yesterday in the WSBK season opener at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Things haven't been quite as smooth for Chaz Davies when an unexpected skid resulted in a qualifying setback, and a forth row start.
Davide Giugliano - Ducati Superbike Team #34
“I’m really pleased with the work I’ve completed with my team over the last two days. Up until now we’ve had a good pace but we need to see what track conditions are like tomorrow and then see what we can do. We’re very pleased to be able to start from the front row tomorrow and second place is an important result for us. I hope to be able to make a solid start – the start is one of strengths usually. I’m also happy with having made a 1’30.2 with the race tyre, it was a nice surprise when I saw that time appear on my dashboard. I’m feeling confident for tomorrow, and I’ll be fighting hard to be part of the leading group.”
Chaz Davies - Ducati Superbike Team #7
“It seemed like we had a few problems with the rear tyre through the last corners and I almost highsided coming out of the final turn, the tyre just seemed to run out of grip. This was disappointing as I was on a fast lap and would have moved up the grid a fair bit if it hadn’t been for that. To be honest I didn’t do a great job on the race tyre which probably hurt me, but then with the qualifier I lost a good half second through that final section. I think we’re in a fairly good position as far as pace is concerned so I hope to be able to make a good start and make some passes early on. Having said that, it won’t be easy starting from the fourth row.”
Due to the time zone difference between AU and the USA, tomorrows SBK races will air live, tonight in the USA on BeIN channel starting at 7:30pm EST
Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's insight:
Worth mentioning is the good job by Niccola Canepa and the Althea Racing EVO 1199 Panigale who qualified in 10th place