The Ducati factory team, and riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, are now traveling to the USA, and the Californian track of Laguna Seca, where they hope to be able to continue the trend of positive results obtained at last weekend’s Portuguese event.
Both of the Ducati Superbike riders stepped up to the podium during last year’s Laguna event, in the track’s first appearance on the SBK calendar for nine years.
Comments ahead of the event:
Chaz Davies – Ducati Superbike Team #7
“I’m excited ahead of Laguna. I took a podium finish last time around and it’s always been one of my favourite tracks. California itself is a beautiful part of the world, whether you’re there to race or simply to relax. Canepa was going strong in the race last year with the Ducati, and both Davide and I scored some good results there too. I feel that we took another good step forward in Portimao and I’m hopeful that the bike will work well this coming weekend too; I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do at Laguna.”
Davide Giugliano – Ducati Superbike Team #34
“I admit that Laguna is one of my favourite tracks, it seems to suit my riding style and last year I came extremely close to taking the win in race 2. I can’t wait to get back to racing there and, after the podium at Portimao, I think we’ll arrive in America more determined than ever. I hope that we are able to adapt my Panigale to the track as quickly as possible, and that I am able to make two great races – I can’t wait.”
Name: Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway
Length of circuit: 3.610 km
Pole Position: right
Race distance: 25 laps/90.250 km
LAP RECORDS: Best lap – Giugliano (Aprilia) 1'23.707 (2013). Superpole – Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'22.683 (2013).
Race 1 - 1. Guintoli (Aprilia);
2. Sykes (Kawasaki); 3. Davies (BMW). Race 2 – 1. Laverty (Aprilia); 2. Giugliano (Aprilia); 3. Melandri (BMW).
Davies’ SBK track record at Laguna Seca: 2013: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – DNF
Giugliano’s SBK track record at Laguna Seca: 2013: Race 1 – 6th, Race 2 – 2nd
Weekend schedule (CET -9):
10.30 – 11.15 – SBK Timed Practice 1
14.00 – 14.45 – SBK Timed Practice 2
16.45 – 17.30 – SBK Timed Practice 3
10.00 – 10.30 – SBK Free Practice
13.00 – 13.15 – Superpole 1
13.25 – 13.40 – Superpole 2
9.00 – 9.15 – SBK Warm-up
11.00 – SBK Race 1
14.45 – SBK Race 2