Jerez WSBK Private Tests: Giugliano Pulverizes Lap Record On Day 2
The weather held for the second day of the World Superbike private test, the threatened rain failing to materialize, and just as on day 1, it was Ducati's Davide Giugliano who was fastest. The Italian destroyed the existing pole record, taking half a second off the time set by Eugene Laverty during last year's Superpole. Loris Baz set the second fastest time, also well under Laverty's official pole record, both Baz and Giugliano having set times on soft qualifying rubber. Tom Sykes' time was also very fast, but the reigning world champion rode without a transponder, his time merely reported.
Jonathan Rea was 4th fastest, the Honda showing clear improvement as the Pata Honda team continue to work on software. Rea ended just fourteen thousandths ahead of the second Ducati of Chaz Davies, who was just under six tenths slower than his Italian teammate. Davies was the last rider to get within a second of Giugliano's time.
With heavy rain forecast for Wednesday, the final day of the test, the riders got most of their work done in the first two days. If the heavy rain does arrive, the teams are likely to pack up and head to Aragon, ready for the second round of World Superbikes scheduled for 13th April.
Unofficial times from day 2, courtesy of WorldSBK.com:
|1||34||Davide Giugliano||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1:40.166|
|2||76||Loris Baz||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:40.283||0.117||0.117|
|3||1||Tom Sykes||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:40.3*||0.134||0.017|
|4||65||Jonathan Rea||Honda CBR1000RR||1:40.731||0.565||0.431|
|5||7||Chaz Davies||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1:40.745||0.579||0.014|
|6||50||Sylvain Guintoli||Aprilia RSV4||1:41.192||1.026||0.447|
|7||33||Marco Melandri||Aprilia RSV4||1:41.201||1.035||0.009|
|8||58||Eugene Laverty||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1:41.377||1.211||0.176|
|9||91||Leon Haslam||Honda CBR1000RR||1:41.453||1.287||0.076|
|10||22||Alex Lowes||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1:42.123||1.957||0.670|
|11||44||David Salom||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1:44.181||4.015||2.058|
* Tom Sykes did not use a transponder