Press releases from the series organizers and the teams after the first day of practice at Imola:
Rea tops timesheets on opening day at Imola
Second place for Sykes ahead of Ducati pairing Giugliano and Davies.
The opening day of action at Imola’s Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari saw current WorldSBK Champonship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) leap to the top of the standings in the final moments of the second session courtesy of a 1’47.344 lap-time. Fellow KRT rider Tom Sykes was second at the chequered flag and looked on course to move into first place until an error at the ‘Variante Bassa’ during his final lap.
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati SBK Team was close to the top once more, as Davide Giugliano made a dream return to the WorldSBK paddock by posting the third fastest time of the weekend so far, a fraction ahead of his team mate Chaz Davies, who was fourth after being quickest in this morning’s FP1.
Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) remained fifth, as he had been in the earlier morning session, the rider currently second in the overall points classification finished the first day more than half a second faster than Alex Lowes who powered his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki into sixth.
Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) improved his time but remained seventh ahead of David Salom (Team Pedercini), the much faster Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Ducati) and reigning World Champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) who was tenth.
Michel Fabrizio (Althea Racing) finished 12th just behind team mate Matteo Baiocco but ahead of Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) - the only rider to not improve their time this afternoon - and Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) who completed the top 15.
All riders have one final chance to make it through into Tissot-Superpole, with the third free practice session scheduled to run for a further 45-minute time tomorrow morning.
Cluzel heads into Saturday as the fastest in WSS
Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) will lead the World Supersport riders into tomorrow’s FP3 and sole qualifying session after topping the opening day of on track action. The Frenchman’s time of 1.51.552s on his penultimate lap narrowly edged championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) who left it until his final lap to improve on his FP1 time.
The Turk, who has won the last two World Supersport races to lead the current standings, lapped within 0.049s of his championship rival, the Imola winner from 2013 producing a stunning run of consistently fast times throughout both sessions. Sofuoglu was however lucky to escape injury after falling awkwardly during FP2 at turn 2.
Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing) produced an incredible lap in the closing stages of FP2 to finish an impressive third (+0.519s), the current STK600 champion looking comfortable on his home circuit.
American PJ Jacobsen (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) ended up fourth ahead of other factory MV Agusta rider Lorenzo Zanetti , who gave the Italians something to cheer about. The 2014 WSS race winner at Imola finished the opening day with a fifth place.
Ratthapark Wilairot (CORE’’ Motorsport Thailand) was another rider to leave it until the last moment to show his true pace, the Thai rider elevated himself to sixth with his final lap of the 45 minute session.
Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK#25), Gino Rea (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda), Kyle Smith (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) and Roberto Rolfo (Lorini Honda) completed the top ten.
IN THE FIRST TWO SESSIONS HASLAM TAKES A RESPECTABLE FIFTH TIME WITH HIS RSV4 RF, LAPPING A LOT WITH A USED TYRE
JORDI TORRES TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THE FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE TO FAMILIARISE HIMSELF WITH A TRACK THAT IS NEW FOR HIM
Imola, 8 May 2015 – With the Imola track warmed by a summer sun and the passion of the fans who came out to watch from the beginning on the banks of the Santerno, Team Aprilia Racing – Red Devils began their weekend at Imola. This is a decidedly demanding historic track and a favourite among the riders because of its "old style" character.
Precisely because of its unique layout, it takes some fine tuning to set up the technical, chassis and electronic management aspects. These are the parameters that Leon Haslam, lying second in the overall championship standings astride his Aprilia RSV4, focused on during today's sessions. During the morning practice session the Brit lapped quite a lot without using a "fresh" tyre, but beginning to work straight away on race strategy. He also tested various different solutions in the afternoon when, despite putting in less laps, Leon and his team gathered some fundamental data on which to base tomorrow's strategy. In light of the type of work done today, the fifth time in the combined standings seems promising for another weekend as protagonists for the Haslam-Aprilia duo.
Leon Haslam: “This morning we had a good session, lapping a lot on the same tyre. In the afternoon we lapped less but we were able to test a lot of solutions anyway. I think that with a night at our disposal to analyse the data we collected today we'll be able to identify the right direction to go tomorrow. I have a feeling we aren't too far off, but at the same time I think there is still a lot of room for improvement for our RSV4 RF here at Imola.”
The goals were different in the number 81 garage for Jordi Torres. The Spanish rookie set foot on the asphalt at Imola for the first time today, struggling a bit to interpret one of the most complicated circuits on the calendar. So it's only logical to expect some irrelevant times on this first day which Jordi used to gain confidence with his RSV4 RF and on the track before asking for any substantial changes from his mechanics. The Spanish rider did not point out any particularly critical points, but rather a simple lack of familiarity and experience that require a calm approach to the first part of the weekend.
Jordi Torres: “This is a new track for me, difficult and strange in various aspects. I almost feel like I'm in a pipe: up, down, then you have to slow down a lot to take on a chicane, I struggled a bit to memorise it. In any case it's also true that between FP1 and FP2 we improved by more than a second, but there is definitely plenty of room to get better. There are some areas where I'm struggling, but I think it is just a general difficulty. We need to be precise, let the bike race and stay calm. We'll wait for tomorrow. Every time I go out on the track I feel like I've learned something new and I don't want to rule out any result.”
Work in progress for Pata Honda in Italy
Pata Honda riders Sylvain Guintoli and Michael van der Mark found things far from easy in today’s opening two Free Practice sessions for round five of the World Superbike championship at Imola in Italy.
The Honda CBR1000RR-mounted pair ended the day in 10th and 13th places respectively following the two 45-minute sessions at the historic 4.936km Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, 45km south-west of Bologna.
The results mean that each side of the Pata Honda World Superbike garage has plenty of data analysis to go through this evening in order to allow each rider to improve his lap time.
Only the fastest ten combined times following tomorrow morning’s third Free Practice session will qualify automatically for the afternoon’s Superpole 2 that will determine final grid positions on the front four rows for Sunday’s two 19-lap races.
Sylvain Guintoli - P10, 1m49.296s
I’m a little disappointed with our position to be honest because we made some positive steps towards the end of the Assen weekend but we haven’t been able to translate them to the Imola track. I’m not getting the right feeling and I’m finding it quite hard to turn the bike. I can feel the front tyre compressing as I brake for the turns but I can’t get the right feeling with bike. We made some changes after this morning’s session and that helped a little, but we are still a long way off the front so there’s a lot of work to be done.
Michael van der Mark - P13, 1m49.651s
It’s been a difficult day today because the bike is not yet working exactly how I want. I really like the track here and it feels like I’m fast but I’m having some problems in the braking area. We tried a lot of things to fix this because it is the main issue that we have but none of them really worked well. We will have to study everything very carefully tonight and try to find a new direction for tomorrow.
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
We really expected to be a little closer to the front than we actually are and with Michael we ended up in 13th place which is for sure not where he is supposed to be. We have some problems stopping the machine and the changes we made helped on the exit but not so much on corner entry. We need to make a big step tomorrow and it’s a little bit the same with Sylvain. We moved towards last year’s setting, knowing that we were fast then, but that’s not really working; we need to work hard on coming up with a specific setting for him.
Improvements at Imola for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
Alex Lowes put his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki into the top six on the opening day of World Superbike action at Imola’s Enzo e Dino Ferrari racetrack this afternoon after continued developments to the new ECU system began to bear fruit.
Improving on his time from the morning’s first free practice session by a second and a half, Lowes completed the day’s 90 minutes on track with a 1’48.660 on his final revolution having completed 26 laps aboard his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki throughout the two sessions. The detailed electronics analysis continued both on and off the track with the team feeling confident for the weekend’s progression.
A reoccurring throttle connection issue and an unfortunate early high-side at turn 3 with 15 minutes remaining of the morning practice had initially hampered Randy de Puniet’s first day at the Italian circuit on his GSX-R1000. However, with the issue detected and rectified the afternoon proved more promising. On the timesheets the set-back leaves the Frenchman currently sitting in 18th position but his crew remain confident that improvement can come quickly as the weekend continues.
Track temperatures hit 41°C for the mid-afternoon session as the Italian sunshine bathed the fans at the iconic Imola circuit. Kawasaki dominated the combined times as Jonathan Rea bettered teammate Tom Sykes with a 1’47.344 heading into tomorrow’s final qualifying practice.
Action returns to Imola at 09:45hrs local time (08:45BST) tomorrow as Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet bid to secure qualification for the afternoon’s Superpole. Grid places for Sunday’s 19 lap races will be decided from 15:00hrs (14:00BST).
“We’ve had some niggling issues today but the lads are working really hard and we’re making big steps over time. We haven’t been able to do as many laps as I would have wanted but we’ll work on the data tonight, chip away at it, and hopefully we can make another big step with the consistency and get a bit closer to the front guys tomorrow. It’s really nice to be back in Imola, I’m enjoying riding the GSX-R and I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”
Randy de Puniet:
“This morning the bike was not perfect so I pulled in after five laps and the rear tyre was completely destroyed, we tried with a new one but I crashed on my out-lap so my session was finished. This afternoon we tried to start with some adjustments but unfortunately the bike was not receiving the map so I was making no improvements and we lost most of the session. We have started to make progress at the end but we have lost a lot of time so it is not easy, but we will see what we can do tomorrow.”
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
“Despite successful electronics developments last week, Imola – as expected – has thrown up some significant challenges today in terms of getting the setting right and providing the riders with predictable performance. Even with some issues we’ve made good progress on Alex’s side and to be in the top six and only just over a second off P1, considering some of the improvements that still need to be made, is very encouraging and gives the team a decent base to continue developments tomorrow.
“Imola is effectively new to Randy – having only ever ridden a 125cc bike round here 16 years ago – and that, combined with some continued electronics settings issues this afternoon and a very unlucky high-side accident on an out-lap this morning, haven’t created the best platform for him to move forward. I’m sure we will start tomorrow with the same setting for both riders as Alex’s bike is getting closer to the mark step-by-step and hopefully that will help Randy to move forward.”
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team makes a positive start to its home SBK round of Imola
Imola (Italy), Friday 8 May 2015 – The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team has opened the Imola weekend in a positive manner, with Davide Giugliano finishing in third and Chaz Davies lying fourth after the first timed practice sessions of this fifth round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship.
Both factory riders started this important weekend in a determined fashion, making the most of today’s almost ideal conditions (air temperature 24°C, track 37°C) to work with their technicians on setting up their Ducati Panigale R bikes. In the opening timed practice session, and right from their first exits, Chaz and Davide were among the frontrunners, improving on performance lap after lap. The Italian rider’s performance in particular was impressive, considering that after three months of inactivity he was able to close session one in second place (with a best time of 1’48.275), with only his teammate Chaz ahead of him, at the top of the timesheets thanks to a fastest time of 1’48.056.
In the afternoon’s second session, Davies and Giugliano consolidated the morning’s positive start, further improving on lap times and seeming at ease on their home track. The riders concluded day one in overall third (Davide) and fourth (Chaz) position, results that bode well ahead of what will undoubtedly be two hard-fought races on Sunday.
Quotes after the day’s sessions:
Davide Giugliano - (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #34) – 3rd (1’47.582)
“I think I needed to ‘exorcise’ what happened to me at Philip Island and so I decided that giving 100% of myself today would be the best way to do that. The great thing is that I enjoyed myself and have found a highly performing bike, very different to the one I last rode in winter testing - a different bike, but positively so. Having said that, today’s only Friday and we’ve only completed a few laps; I’m feeling physically tired so now I’ll concentrate on resting in preparation for the coming days but overall I’m very pleased…”
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 4th (1’47.686)
“To be honest things aren’t feeling quite right. Although we’ve been quite consistent today, I’m still missing something in terms of feeling with my bike. There is no one particular thing but I’d like to make the bike a little smoother and have it turn a little better. Nothing major, and overall it’s been a positive Friday, but I know there is room for improvement tomorrow…”
Imola Friday Free Practice
Imola (Italy) – 8 May 2015
The fifth round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship is taking place this weekend in Italy, at the historic 'Enzo e Dino Ferrari' circuit of Imola. The weekend got underway in warm and sunny conditions and with what was already today a large crowd here, just a few kilometres from the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale.
Michel Fabrizio, substituting here for Nico Terol, has worked incessantly with his team to find the right set-up of his Ducati Panigale R. The talented Roman rider returns to the world championship after a long break, and today tried to find the feeling that he’s still missing. Work inside the garage was efficient and precise, allowing Michel to dramatically lower his lap time between the morning and afternoon’s sessions. He thus closed day one in twelfth position overall, very close to the top ten with good chances of setting a strong time during tomorrow’s qualifying, valid for entry to the Superpole. Michel here has been welcomed back by the many fans who hadn’t forgotten him and his previous successes on the Ducati and this has served to spur him on.
Italian rider Matteo Baiocco arrived at his home round set on repeating the positive results obtained in previous races and the team is giving its all to help him find the right set-up ahead of Sunday’s races. In this morning’s sessions various electronic solutions were tested on Matteo’s Panigale and in afternoon qualifying he was able to lower his time by almost a second, closing day one with a best of 1’49.402, in eleventh position. Tomorrow morning, in the session that starts at 9.45am, Matteo will try to enter Superpole 2 in order to start Sunday’s races with a good grid position, in order to complete two solid races and fight for the top positions.
The two Superstock 1000 riders also completed a positive day’s work, with Raffaele De Rosa closing the sessions fourth (1'50.929), and Luca Salvadori 12th (1'52.461).
Raffaele De Rosa, after the fourth place finish at Aragon and second at the Dutch round, comes to Imola aiming for the win. A positive day for him, on a track that he has raced at only twice, and at which some of his rivals were able to test last week.
Luca Salvadori, back to full fitness after a crash in Holland, closed the day’s sessions positively after a difficult start, with a crash during the opening session, fortunately without physical consequences for the rider. A solid twelfth place per Luca, who continues to gain confidence in this category, new for him but that already sees him getting ever nearer to the positions that count.
Positive day for Team Pedecini Racing at Imola
A good provisional eight place by David Salom bring back the smile in the Team Pedercini Racing’s box.
The first practice day at Imola Circuit ended up with a good provisional eight place for the Spanish rider, David Salom.
The morning session was held in nearly ideal weather conditions, with an air temperature of 24°C and 37°C on the track. Technicians' work has focused on finding a starting setup to begin the development of the weekend. Unlike Assen, David was immediately at ease, making 14 laps, steadily improving his lap time. The sixth place at the end of the 45 minutes of the session, just 7 tenths from Sykes and Rea, was not bad. The same response came from the small difference between the ideal and the best lap time.
Afternoon session was characterized by slightly higher temperatures, with 26°C in the air and and 41°C on track. Unfortunately, changes made to the setup was not so effective, forcing the rider and its technicians going back. A waste of time that did not allow a significant improvement of lap times. David has lost two positions, reaching the eighth provisional position. A result that tomorrow could grant a direct access to Superpole 2.
Chris Ponsson's debut in Racing Team Pedercini was affected by a bad crash, due to a throttle problem. Big scare, but no physical damage to the rider. The bike didn't have the same fortune, seriously damaged in the crash.
In the afternoon session, Chris made 15 laps and 1'53.138 was the best chrono. Provisional 20th position for him.
Tomorrow's weather forecasts are good, with another day of fair weather. The work of riders and technicians will be aimed at improving today's results, especially in race configuration. David Salom's goal is to be among the 10 riders who will access directly to the Superpole 2. Chris Ponsson will try to make up for lost time in the first session today, with the goal to reach Superpole 1.
David Salom-# 44 Racing Team Pedercini
Overall it was a good first day. This morning was much better, but this afternoon I lost time with a wrong setup's choice. Restored the situation I reached immediately and easily the same lap times of the morning. If this were to be my race pace would be a good result. We still have a day to further enhance, without forgetting that we have to reach directly Superpole 2.
Christophe Ponsson-# 23 Racing Team Pedercini
The weekend has not started in the best possible way. In the morning's crash I got a big scare. In the afternoon I had to adapt to the new bike, getting at the same time familiar with the circuit. But tomorrow is another day, we have two sessions available to recover the lost time. The aim is certainly to find quickly a good feeling with the bike to improve the fortunes of the weekend.
Top ten for Smith on opening day at Imola
Pata Honda rider Kyle Smith still has some work to do in order qualify in a good grid position for Sunday’s fifth round World Supersport championship race at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari at Imola in Italy.
The 23-year-old British rider set the ninth fastest combined time after today’s two free practice sessions at the 4.936km circuit which lies 45km from the northern Italian city of Bologna.
This is Smith’s first visit to the Imola circuit on the World Supersport specification Honda CBR600RR but he is confident of improvement in tomorrow’s third free practice session before final qualifying in the afternoon.
Kyle Smith - P9, 1m53.165s
We’ve been struggling a little today because I can’t quite get to grips with the circuit here and getting the bike to work. It’s similar to the feeling I had on day one at Aragon actually, so we’ve been through some changes today and it’s definitely feeling better. The only problem is that, even though the lap times have dropped, I’m not much closer to the guys at the front. We’ll sit down with the data technician tonight and go through everything. I'm suffering the same problem in every corner – a lack of confidence in the front – so if we can get that sorted, we’ll be flying!
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
To be honest it hasn’t been an easy day and this morning we couldn’t find a good direction with the setting. At the same time, Kyle couldn’t really catch a good rhythm, so that lost us some time. We found something of a direction this afternoon and ended up with P9, but we were really aiming for top five today. Kyle is still not completely satisfied with the setting on the bike yet so we have some more work to improve the setting for tomorrow.
Kenan Sofuoglu Racing On Despite Personal Issues
Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) is competing at the Imola Round of the WSS Championship against the backdrop of a sudden illness that overcame his seven-week old baby son Hamza recently.
To clarify the situation and to request that privacy for himself and his family is respected about this issue, Kenan has made the following comments.
“Last Saturday, during the night, my new son Hamza became ill and we took him to hospital. They found out that he had a problem with bleeding in his brain and his heart stopped for a while. The doctors worked hard with him and because his situation was so critical we took him to hospital in Istanbul. The doctors did not give him much chance but he had an operation on Tuesday morning. After the operation he started to move his fingers and started to react with his arm. He is still on a machine to help his breathing and his general condition is still critical but we believe he is improving. My plan was not to be at this race but after the operation I saw that he is really fighting to survive. I got so much support from the President of Turkey and from others in Turkey to help my son after he took ill, and when I saw my son was fighting so hard to survive, I thought I should not give up in my job. The situation is not good, being here is very difficult and I am living beside my phone. My wife and my wife’s father felt I should come here and every hour they call me with an update. This weekend everyone has been asking me about Hamza like usual, because they did not know he was ill, so this why I am giving this detailed comment. It is a difficult situation but I have come here to fight for the championship.”
Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Racing Manager: “The racing calendar makes no allowance for personal issues and this weekend’s event comes at a particularly difficult time for Kenan and his family. At Kenan’s request we have made his comments public now to explain his current situation and we would ask that his privacy be respected at this sensitive time.”
Superstock 600 - San Carlo Team Italia dominates the first free practice at Imola
Rinaldi is the fastest on track, Tucci with pain at his left shoulder.
The first free practice sessions of the European Superstock 600 Championship at the Autodromo Internazionale 'Enzo e Dino Ferrari' of Imola smile at San Carlo Team Italia. On the home track, Michael Ruben Rinaldi is on the top of the combined timesheets of FP1-FP2, while Andrea Tucci, who will turn 20 years old on Sunday, suffered more than expected because of a strong pain at his left shoulder.
Being immediately at his ease on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R #21 during the first session of free practice, Michael Ruben Rinaldi in 1'53"940 was on the top of the time screen at just 2/1000 from the pole record of 2014 of the current Champion Marco Faccani (1'53"938) and under the record lap of Christian Gamarino in the race of 2013 (1'53"944). For "Mike" the only setback was a crash without consequence during the FP2, at the "Variante Bassa", which didn't spoil the satisfaction for a positive day that he finished with 249/1000 of advantage from the leader of the Championship Toprak Razgatlioglu, leader of the second session in 1'54"189.
Understandable difficulties for Andrea Tucci, who had pain at his left shoulder because of a recent crash and ran into some problematics especially in the session of the afternoon. Gritting the teeth, the rider from Lombardia got a time of 1'55"714, finishing 17th in the combined timesheet. Tomorrow, starting from 11:45, the only session of qualifying practice will decide the line up of the grid for the only race scheduled on Saturday at 17:50.
Michael Rinaldi (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #21) 1st, 1'53"940
"We started very fast this morning,with excellent time laps, while in the afternoon we did a great job with used tyres. The only setback was a little crash, I tried to push at the "Variante Bassa",but these things happen. Anyway I am satisfied, I like the bike and I was able to achieve good times with tyres that I had already used for 33 laps,even in the afternoon when our rivals used new tyres. At the moment I am confident and I know that I have a good race pace for the weekend, but we will understand more tomorrow in the qualifying: there are a lot of competitive Italian riders and, of course, Razgatlioglu, who needed just few time to learn the track and is my main rival for the qualifying and the race."
Andrea Tucci (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #44) 17th, 1'55"714
"Unfortunately the pain at my left shoulder makes me feel uncomfortable especially when I try to push. This morning in the session of 30 minutes I didn't have particular difficulties, on the contrary in the afternoon, in the session of 45 minutes, it was totally different: the more I rode, the more it was difficult to keep a good pace. Today I rode without the analgesics, for tomorrow I will try to find a good solution for the qualifying, because we have all the potential for a good race."
Stefano Cruciani (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia STK600)
"Michael today started in the best way and we are extremely satisfied not just with the lap times but also and,especially, with the work done. In the morning he rode almost at the time of the record pole of 2014, with 6/10 of advantage from the rest of the group, while in the session of the afternoon, on the contrary of our rivals, we decided to ride always with the same tyres of the first session, to be ready for the race. With used tyres, Michael rode in 54"4, not that far from Razgatlioglu that finished in 54"1 with new tyres. For this reason we are calm, tomorrow we can work for the pole position using two new tyres for the "time attack". Talking about Andrea, unfortunately he has a strong pain at his left shoulder: without analgesics and on a difficult track like this one, that has a lot of changes of direction, it's not easy to ride at his best. We will try to find a solution for tomorrow."
Friday's Words & Pictures
Jonathan Rea #65 - Kawasaki Racing Team
Combined Free Practice 1 and 2 - 1st
“In the first session we worked on trying to feel right on the bike. The problem is that I was so comfortable here with my previous bike that I think I’m trying to turn the ZX-10R into my old machine. I’m not 100% happy with the set-up but the first day always feels strange. I’m not worrying about the others at the moment, I just want to concentrate on myself."
Tom Sykes #66 - Kawasaki Racing Team
Combined Free Practice 1 and 2 - 2nd
Facebook page: Tom-Sykes-66
"So far so good. We lost some good race potential in the last two races, especially in the second half. That is what we are focusing on right now and we've had a good first day here in Imola. The fans are absolutely fantastic and it's a pleasure to be back to Italy. We are working on small details of the ZX-10R, tomorrow is another day and we have to keep working in this direction. We have a couple of things in mind to improve the package but we'll see what happens."
Davide Giugliano #34 - Aruba.it Racing - Ducati SBK
Combined Free Practice 1 and 2 - 3rd
Facebook Page: Davide-Giugliano
“It was important to exorcise what happened in Phillip Island and I thought that giving a 100% was the best way to do so. I had great fun and I felt very comfortable on the bike, which is performing much better compared to winter testing. Having said that, it’s only Friday and we only did few laps, I feel quite tired and I need to rest in order to be ready for tomorrow and Sunday.”