2015 Jerez World Superbike Test, Day 2 Times - Giugliano Tops Frantic Final Minutes

Davide Giugliano has topped the second and final day of the Jerez World Superbike test, the Aruba Ducati rider leading a frantic charge at the end of the day as the riders slipped on qualifying tires to set a fast time. Giugliano ended the day a third of a second quicker than Kawasaki's Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea, and seven tenths faster than his teammate Chaz Davies.

Giugliano was quick to head the timesheets, posting a fast lap very early on in the session, but he followed that up with a huge crash, which damaged his bike and left him stuck in the garage while it was repaired. Sykes, Rea, Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes were all fast during the day, found themselves knocked out of the top slots as the qualifiers went on, but regained those slots once they took their turn on soft rubber.

Despite the new technical rules for 2015, the new bikes are faster than they were last year. Giugliano took nearly a second off the pole record set by Loris Baz in September last year, and several riders were lapping consistently under Tom Sykes' race lap record on both days of the test. Less power may have made the bikes a little easier to ride, which can be an advantage at a tighter track like Jerez. Giugliano was faster round Jerez on qualifying tires than Marc Marquez was during the race on a Honda RC213V.

The addition of Niccolo Canepa has given the EBR project a boost. The Italian ended the day way down the timesheets, but before the qualifying tires went on, was just a couple of seconds off the pace, and well among the second half of the field. The bike has made progress, and now Canepa is looking capable of scoring regular points for the team.

The World Superbike teams will now crate up their bikes ready for shipping to Phillip Island, and the test there on 16th and 17th February ahead of the season opener on 22nd February. There will still be action on track at Jerez on Wednesday, where Ducati will continue a private test for their MotoGP team. However, there will be no timing for that test, MotoGP officially restarting on 4th February at Sepang.

Official times from day 2:

Pos No. Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev.
1 34 Davide Giugliano Ducati Panigale 1199R WSBK 1:39.332    
2 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R WSBK 1:39.694 0.362 0.362
3 65 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R WSBK 1:39.745 0.413 0.051
4 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale 1199R WSBK 1:40.062 0.730 0.317
5 91 Leon Haslam Aprilia RSV4 WSBK 1:40.069 0.737 0.007
6 22 Alex Lowes Suzuki GSX-R1000 WSBK 1:40.159 0.827 0.090
7 60 Michael vd Mark Honda CBR1000RR WSBK 1:40.590 1.258 0.431
8 18 Nico Terol Ducati Panigale 1199R WSBK 1:40.765 1.433 0.175
9 14 Randy De Puniet Suzuki GSX-R1000 WSBK 1:40.977 1.645 0.212
10 15 Matteo Baiocco Ducati Panigale 1199R WSBK 1:41.412 2.080 0.435
11 81 Jordi Torres Aprilia RSV4 WSBK 1:41.983 2.651 0.571
12 52 Sylvain Barrier BMW S1000RR WSBK 1:42.004 2.672 0.021
13 44 David Salom Kawasaki ZX-10R WSBK 1:42.184 2.852 0.180
14 36 Tati Mercado Ducati Panigale 1199R WSBK 1:42.577 3.245 0.393
15 59 Niccolo Canepa EBR 1190RX WBK 1:42.743 3.411 0.166
16 54 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R WSS 1:43.434 4.102 0.691
17 5 Marco Faccani Kawasaki ZX-6R WSS 1:44.480 5.148 1.046
18 9 Kenny Noyes Kawasaki ZX-10R CEVSBK 1:45.130 5.798 0.650
19 72 Larry Pegram EBR 1190RX WSBK 1:46.996 7.664 1.866


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People sometimes sneer at WSBK as if it were a second tier series for retired donkeys, but hauling around Jerez on a semi-production twin quicker than #93's 2013 race pace doesn't seem at all pathetic to me.

I'm not surprised he threw down the faster lap. Also not surprised he binned it right after. I always enjoy watching him race, as he rides with a flamboyant style and ALWAYS goes for the gap. I hope this year he's able to fine tune his approach and keep the rubber on the tarmac more frequently. If so, this could be his year.