Jerez World Superbike Testing Day 1| Ducati’s Giugliano Leads

Jerez World Superbike Testing | Ducati’s Giugliano Leads Day 1
Ducati Superbike Team's Davide Giugliano
Jerez World Superbike Testing | Ducati’s Giugliano Leads Day 1
Ducati Superbike Team’s Davide Giugliano

2014 Jerez World SBK Test Results, Day 1

Ahead of the second round of 2014 World Superbike at Motorland Aragon, five teams began  a three-day private test at the Jerez.

Under sunny conditions Monday, Ducati Superbike Team’s Davide Giugliano was quickest. The Italian, who took the top finishes for Ducati at the Phillip Island season opener in February (fourth in races 1 & 2), posted a 1:41.056 around the 13-corner Spanish circuit that will host round 10 of 14 this season.

Jerez is usually a difficult track for the V-twin Ducati 1199 Panigale R, but Giugliano quickly got the bike up to speed. And so did his teammate, Chaz Davies, who was second quickest, 0.421 of a second behind.

The Ducati Superbike Team duo finished ahead of the reigning World SBK Champion Tom Sykes, who posted a 1:41.545 aboard his Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja. Sykes was followed by Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea, Aprilia Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli and Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes, making for five different manufacturers finishing in the top six.

All together, nine out of 11 riders present were able to lap within 1:41 at Jerez. The teams will continue Tuesday, though rain might slow progress.

2014 Jerez World Superbike Private Testing, Day 1 Results:

1. Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) 1’41.056
2. Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team) 1’41.468
3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1’41.545
4. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda) 1’41.624
5. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing) 1’41.754
6. Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) 1’41.821
7. Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) 1’41.905
8. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing team) 1’41.932
9. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda) 1’42.153
10. Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) 1’42.648
11. David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1’43.642