Ducati's Giugliano, Davies top Jerez WSBK test

Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies put the official Ducati team on top following the first day of private WSBK testing at Jerez, Spain.
The World Superbike Championship has fired back into action with Ducati dominating the opening day of a private test at Jerez.

Ahead of the second WSBK round at Motorland Aragon, five of the teams have travelled out to Spain to bring themselves up to speed and prepare themselves for a busy European period, with Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies confirming the positive steps forward made by Ducati over the winter by pacing the first day.

Quickest of all was Giugliano by a comfortable four tenths of a second, ahead of 1199 Panigale team-mate Davies, while Tom Sykes followed up in third on the Kawasaki a further tenth behind.

After a difficult opening round, Jonathan Rea – who didn't race at Jerez in 2013 – was fourth best for Pata Honda, ahead of leading Aprilia rider Sylvain Guintoli and Suzuki's Alex Lowes, the WSBK rookie showing good pace despite his injured ankle.

Marco Melandri, Loris Baz, Leon Haslam and Phillip Island race winner Eugene Laverty rounded out the top ten, while Kawasaki Racing's David Salom was 11th quickest as the sole EVO rider present at the test.

1. Davide Giugliano ITA Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R 1m 41.056s
2. Chaz Davies GBR Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R 1m 41.468s
3. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 41.545s
4. Jonathan Rea GBR PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 41.624s
5. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Aprilia Racing RSV4 1m 41.754s
6. Alex Lowes GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 41.821s
7. Marco Melandri ITA Aprilia Racing RSV4 1m 41.905s
8. Loris Baz FRA Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 41.932s
9. Leon Haslam GBR PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 42.153s
10. Eugene Laverty IRL Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 42.648s
11. David Salom ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 43.642s (E)

Tagged as: Ducati , Jerez

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