New Ducati signings Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies have declared themselves satisfied with the performance of the 2014 specification 1199 R following a positive two-day test at Phillip Island.

The Italian marque comes into 2014 desperate to turn around a dismal first year with its latest Superbike by re-enlisting the services of Feel Racing - which has masterminded many of its past titles -, offering greater factory assistance and signing Giugliano and Davies as its riders.

Though Phillip Island has always been kind to Ducati in the past, with Carlos Checa even claiming a lap record and pole position on the 1199R's debut in 2013, Giugliano and Davies face a challenge in changing the bike's fortunes.

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Nonetheless, with Giugliano rarely outside the top five over the two days of testing, the Italian is happy with the progress that has been made over the winter.

"I'm really pleased with the results. We've been working a lot on the set-up of my bike and on the feeling I have with it and everything we've done so far has brought positive results. We've been fairly fast in each session and then the long-run that we made in the final session provided us with some useful data.

"We'll try to continue working in the same direction, because it's important to maintain focus and perform over the race weekend, not only during testing of course. Ducati has brought a series of small things to test, which all combined have made a difference and so the bike is improving step by step and this is really encouraging."

Davies, meanwhile, ended the two day test further down the order in tenth place overall, but maintains he has been focused on ensuring the bike is heading in the 'right direction'.

"I feel that we're working well so far and I'd say that we're definitely moving in the right direction. During the sessions, we've tried a couple of different electronic strategies, and a couple of new engine development parts and everything seems to be fairly positive, so far so good.

"There are areas in which I still want to improve but we still have time during Friday and Saturday's sessions of course. Lap times have been very close during these tests so I think we're in for some exciting racing come Sunday."