2014 Assen World Superbike | Ducati’s Giugliano Fastest on Friday

Ducati Superbike Team's Davide Giugliano

2014 Assen World Superbike Friday Practice Results

Round three of the 2014 World Superbike Championship got underway Friday at “The Cathedral” Assen TT circuit in the Netherlands.

The morning session was dry but cold, and Pata Honda World Superbike’s Jonathan Rea took the top honors. But when the second free practice got underway, the track surface was much warmer, allowing for quicker lap times.

And when second free practice wrapped up, the Italian Davide Giugliano posted the quickest time aboard the Ducati Superbike Team 1199 Panigale R. Giugliano, who had a best finish of 4-4 at Phillip Island so far, posted a best lap of 1:35.396 around the 2.28-mile circuit containing 17 corners.

The lap time came during the final minutes of the session. On his final lap, though, Giugliano suffered a small crash as he headed into the final chicane. Fortunately, he walked away unharmed.

Joining Giugliano on the provisional front row was Rea, who finished 0.484 of a second behind, and the reigning World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider, who doubled at Aragon, was 0.750 off the top pace.

Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team 1199 Panigale R) says: “The warmer track temperature this afternoon helped us to pick up the pace but it was mainly down to the work we put in throughout the day. We’ve worked a lot on my bike, carrying out a general check this morning before testing a few electronic updates that Ducati has provided us with this weekend. The bike is working really well and I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made today, except for the small crash that is – I was pushing too hard going into the chicane but luckily I didn’t hurt myself.”

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes was fourth quickest, and the final rider to post within a second of Giugliano. The GSX-R1000 pilot also suffered a crash during the final moments of practice; he also walked away unharmed.

Giugliano’s teammate Chaz Davies was fifth quickest, finishing ahead of Kawasaki Racing Team’s Loris Baz and the Aprilia Racing Team duo of Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri. The Aprilia RSV4 boys put in several long runs during the afternoon session as they plan their racing strategies.

Rounding out the top 10 was Pata Honda World Superbike’s Leon Haslam.

The top EVO time once again went to Althea Racing Ducati’s Niccolo Canepa, who finished 11th, 1.646 seconds back.

Canepa finished ahead of BMW Motorrad Italia’s Leon Camier and Team Bimoto Alstare’s Ayrton Badovini, who continues to impress during only his second ride for the returning Italian manufacturer.

As for the Americans on the Team Hero EBR 1190RX super bikes, Aaron Yates and Geoff May continue to dial in the new bikes. Yates finished 26th, 5.813 seconds behind, and May 27th, 6.784 seconds behind.

World SBK says if it rains as expected on Saturday, the final place in the Tissot-Superpole will be Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki), although everyone will be hoping for a repeat of Friday’s weather to allow them a fighting chance to make it through.

2014 Assen World Superbike Friday Practice Results:

1  Davide Guigliano1m35.396sITADUCATIDucati Superbike Team
2  Jonathan Rea1m35.880sGBRHONDAPata Honda
3  Tom Sykes1m36.146sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
4  Alex Lowes1m36.219sGBRSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
5  Chaz Davies1m36.417sGBRDUCATIDucati Superbike Team
6  Loris Baz1m36.449sFRAKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
7  Eugene Laverty1m36.467sIRLSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
8  Sylvain Guintoli1m36.670sFRAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
9  Marco Melandri1m36.697sITAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
10  Leon Haslam1m36.709sGBRHONDAPata Honda