World SBK

The Superbike World Championship is currently enjoying a long summer break between the previous round of the championship at Silverstone on Aug. 1 and the next at the Nürburgring on Sept. 5.

After such a long break some teams like to get some testing in before the action starts again for real, and thus the official Ducati Xerox squad, including factory riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio, are scheduled to make a test at Mugello immediately before the Nürburgring round.


The planned test dates are Tuesday, Aug. 31, and Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Ernesto Marinell (Ducati Superbike Director) says: “We test at Mugello quite regularly, sometimes with a private rider sometimes with the official riders. In the case of Mugello, it is not a racetrack for World Superbike, so there is no restriction.”

We will test with our riders for a day. We are doing it to get the ‘rust’ out of them after some time away from the track, like we did last year. It will help us when we arrive in Nürburgring.”

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Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.


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