Giugliano sets bar after World Superbike tests
Davide Giugliano has established the best time following two days of private World Superbike testing at Jerez in Spain.
In the closing hour of the test, Giugliano set a 1:39.332 lap, eclipsing the outright best lap at the track by almost a full second.
The Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider managed the effort despite a crash and technical problems which reduced his total amount of laps to 41, less than half of many of the other riders.
There were several improvements led by Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea who ended up in second and third places respectively.
Chaz Davies, who fell off his 1199 Panigale R almost at the same time his team-mate Giugliano did, was fourth best.
New Red Devils recruit Leon Haslam focused primarily on race pace and was fifth fastest followed by fellow Briton and close friend Alex Lowes (Crescent Suzuki) and by the only Pata Honda rider on track today, Michael van der Mark.
Sylvain Guintoli was ruled out of the test following an early crash on the first day.
World Superbike rookie Nico Terol (Althea Racing Team Ducati) improved his performance as he was only 1.4s slower than Giugliano’s best.
Frenchman Randy De Puniet crashed out twice but managed to end up ninth, faster than Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Team) and Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils).
Team Hero EBR’s new signing Niccolò Canepa was able to significantly improve his lap times as he put his experience and speed to good use developing his 1190RX.
The bike’s innovative single-disc set-up suited the Southern Spanish track, but he feels that a more conventional braking system will favour circuits with harder braking areas.
The World Superbike and Supersport teams will now get ready for the official test scheduled at Phillip Island from February 16-17 at Phillip Island ahead of the 2015 season opener at the same track from February 20- 22.