THE DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM PREPARES FOR THE PENULTIMATE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND AT MAGNY-COURS

Borgo Panigale (Italy) Tuesday 30 September 2014 – The Ducati Superbike Team and its riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano are France-bound for the penultimate round of the 2014 Superbike World Championship, taking place this weekend at the Circuit de Nevers Magny Cours.

One month ago, the Ducati Superbike Team took part in the tenth round of the 2014 championship, and the second Spanish round, at the Jerez circuit. Davies was particularly pleased to celebrate a podium (third) in race 1 and a fourth place finish in the day’s second race, at what has proved to be a difficult track for him in the past. Giugliano, having performed very well during the practice sessions to qualify second on the grid, unfortunately suffered a crash in race one before a technical issue prevented him from finishing race 2.

The team now moves on to France for the penultimate championship round. The Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, located in the Burgundy region of central France, has been a regular fixture on the SBK calendar each year since 2003 but due to the fact that the event traditionally takes place late in the season, the French race weekend is often conditioned by inclement weather. During last season’s event at the Magny-Cours circuit, Giugliano crossed the line in fourth place in both races, while Davies’ took a fifth place finish in race 2. With only one round remaining after this weekend, both Ducati Superbike riders will be aiming to collect as many championship points as possible before the season’s end.

As the team heads to France, Davies is still lying sixth in the championship standings, Giugliano is in eighth place. Ducati positions fourth in the manufacturer’s championship.

Comments ahead of the event:

Chaz Davies – Ducati Superbike Team #7
“I’ve had a few issues during race weekends at Magny-Cours in the past, whether technical or weather-related, but it will definitely be nice to get riding again after this fairly long break. I’ve heard positive things about the test sessions that the development team carried out last week. The guys are working hard back in Italy and I think we might have a few small things to try out this weekend in terms of the balancing of weight. I’m fairly happy with my base set-up but we can afford to play a little with settings. There are certain sections of the track, like the fast changes in direction, which should suit the Panigale, and braking at the end of the straight is another strong point so I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do.”

Davide Giugliano – Ducati Superbike Team #34
“Magny-Cours is a great track that’s been pretty favourable to me in the past. I enjoy racing there. There is a technical section where we should be able to make the most of the Panigale’s potential and then even though there is a long straight, thanks to all our hard work I hope that the gap is a manageable one. The test team worked hard on some new set-ups at Mugello, so it will be interesting to see if there’s something that we can use this weekend. The only question mark is, as usual, the weather, but that’s standard at this time of year so we just have to prepare as well as we can.”

Circuit Information:

Country: France
Name: Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
Length of circuit: 4.411 km
Pole Position: right
Race distance: 21 laps/92.631 km

LAP RECORDS: Best lap – Sykes (Kawasaki) 1`37.932 (2013). Superpole – Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’36.950 (2012).

2013 RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Sykes (Kawasaki); 2. Guintoli (Aprilia); 3. Laverty (Aprilia). Race 2 – 1. Sykes (Kawasaki); 2. Laverty (Aprilia); 3. Guintoli (Aprilia)

Rider Information:

Chaz Davies
Bike: Ducati 1199 Panigale
Race number: 7
Age: 27 (Born 10/02/1987 in Knighton, Wales)
Number of SBK races: 70
Number of wins: 4
Number of podiums: 14

Davies’ SBK track record at Magny-Cours:
2013: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – 5th
2012: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – 8th

Davide Giugliano
Bike: Ducati 1199 Panigale
Race number: 34
Age: 24 (Born 28/10/1989, Rome, Italy)
Number of SBK races: 75
Number of wins: 0
Number of podiums: 6

Giugliano’s SBK track record at Magny-Cours:
2013: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – 4th
2012: Race 1 – 8th, Race 2 – 6th

Weekend schedule (CET):

Friday
11.45 – 12.30 – SBK Free Practice 1
15.30 – 16.15 – SBK Free Practice 2

Saturday
9.45 – 10.30 – SBK Free Practice 3
12.30 – 13.00 – SBK Free Practice 4
15.00 – 15.15 – Superpole 1
15.25 – 15.40 – Superpole 2

Sunday
8.45 – 8.55 – SBK Warm-up
10.30 – SBK Race 1
13.10 – SBK Race 2

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