Nevers (France), Saturday 4 October 2014 – a great result for the Ducati Superbike Team and its riders Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies in this afternoon’s Superpole at Magny-Cours; Giugliano qualifies second for tomorrow’s races, Davies just behind him in fourth.

The third and final timed practice session took place early this morning on a cool but dry track (18°C, air temperature 13°C). Davide Giugliano, in first place after yesterday’s opening sessions, continued the positive trend this morning. Working hard to refine the set-up of his 1199 Panigale together with his technicians, he was able to find a further tenth of a second, thus qualifying for the Superpole in overall second position (1’37.776). Chaz Davies was also able to improve on his best time set yesterday, lowering his time by three tenths (1’38.404) to qualify directly for Superpole 2 in tenth position.

Superpole 2 – making a first exit on race rubber, Giugliano put in an extremely fast time of 1’37.011, the quickest lap of the weekend so far. Back on track with the qualifying tyre, the Italian rider pushed hard to lower his time by a further half a second, recording a fastest lap of 1’36.592. Only Sykes was able to do more, going two tenths quicker through the final section of the track, meaning that Giugliano thus qualifies second for tomorrow’s two 21-lap races. It is the seventh time this season that Davide will line up on the front row of the grid. Davies, having completed one lap with the race tyre, also returned to the track with the qualifier, with which he was able to record two fast laps. Chaz’s best time, a 1’37.021, placed him fourth at the session’s end, meaning a second row start for him in tomorrow’s races.

Quotes after the day’s sessions:

Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team #34) – 2nd (1’36.593)
“Today’s gone very well. This morning we continued our work and everything went smoothly. Then, as far as this afternoon’s Superpole is concerned, I can say that it’s always nice to be on the front row, although today pole position was very much within our reach. I’m pleased with the time I recorded with the qualifier, but particularly happy with the lap I made with the race tyre, in 37.0. it bodes well for the races and I hope that tomorrow I’m able to make the most of all that I have available to me this weekend.”

Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 4th (1’37.021)
“We saw an improvement in Superpole and I was able to put together a fairly good lap, though it could have been better. A second row start is fairly positive but Superpole is only one lap in the end and overall I think we are missing a couple of tenths from where we need to be in terms of race pace. We took another step in the right direction this morning but there’s still more we could do. I think I’d prefer dry races tomorrow but, as ever, we’ll be doing our best whatever the track conditions.”

Weekend schedule (CET):

8.40 – 8.55 – SBK Warm-up
10.30 – SBK Race 1
13.10 – SBK Race 2



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