Giugliano switches it up with record WSBK test pace

Ducati's Davide Giugliano ups the pace once more during testing at Jerez as he circulates the Spanish venue in record WSBK pace.
Davide Giugliano has given another firm indication that Ducati is returning back to form as he turned in lap record pace during the second day of World Superbike testing at Jerez.

The Italian, together with team-mate Chaz Davies, held a 1-2 position on the first day, but Giugliano would simply up the pace on day two, lapping in 1min 40.166secs aboard the 1199 Panigale R.

Giugliano was pushed all the way by Kawasaki Racing rider Loris Baz, who turned in a lap of 1min 40.283secs, the young pair well ahead of Jonathan Rea in third place on the PATA Honda.

Behind them, Chaz Davies and Sylvain Guintoli completed the top five, ahead of Marco Melandri, Eugene Laverty, Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes, while sole EVO rider David Salom completed the top ten.

Meanwhile, Tom Sykes was present but ran without a transponder, thus preventing him from recording any times.

Jerez WSBK test – Day 2

1. Davide Giugliano ITA Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R 1m 40.166s
2. Loris Baz FRA Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 40.283s
3. Jonathan Rea GBR PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 40.731s
4. Chaz Davies GBR Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R 1m 40.745s
5. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Aprilia Racing RSV4 1m 41.192s
6. Marco Melandri ITA Aprilia Racing RSV4 1m 41.201s
7. Eugene Laverty IRL Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 41.377s
8. Leon Haslam GBR PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 41.453s
9. Alex Lowes GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 42.123s
10. David Salom ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 44.181s (E)

Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R *

* Did not run with a transponder

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April 02, 2014 11:26 AM

Davide was always fast.... but he used to be so on the ragged edge.. last year he really seemed to settle down and looked lot smoother without losing his edge...those combinations make for a fast rider... Anyway I notice Sykes did not run the transponder which I believe they should do more often because the media get so hung up on who was first etc etc but we tend to forget that this is a test....and it is almost as if there is peer pressure to put in a fast lap even when the team testing schedule may not have included "a qualifying lap" Anyway...good stuff by Ducati and team...

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