Eighth place for Davide Giugliano in Race One at Magny-Cours

Davide Giugliano finished today’s WorldSBK race one at Magny-Cours in eighth place, courtesy of a strong performance on board his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine on the drying French circuit. His Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team mate Jake Gagne was forced into a late retirement after fighting for a top-12 result.

Giugliano got an OK launch off sixth place on the grid and, after a few laps needed to adjust to the drying track conditions, he settled into a nice, consistently improving rhythm which allowed him to catch and overtake his former teammate Chaz Davies on lap 14. After losing one place to Laverty five laps later, the 27-year-old Italian managed to maintain eighth position up to the chequered flag. Courtesy of today’s result, Davide will start race two tomorrow from the middle of the second row (fifth place).

Jake Gagne had an encouraging and convincing early part of the race as he made his way up from 18th place on the grid to 12th in only five laps. The young American rider then a small setback on lap 7 which cost him a couple of places and, after staying attached to the group fighting for 12th position, he ran off track on the penultimate lap after experiencing a gear-shifting issue, and retired shortly afterwards. His starting position will not change for race two.

Race two for the French Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship will get underway tomorrow at 13:00 local time (GMT +2), after the 15-minute warm up scheduled at 9:00.

Davide Giugliano

Davide Giugliano 34

8th

It has been a positive race. We had good pace for the full 21 laps and we were able to improve all the way to the chequered flag. It was my first time riding the bike for more than a few laps in wet conditions so there were some things I needed to understand first before I could start pushing harder. The team did a great job in translating my comments and the data into appropriate changes to the bike set-up. Obviously there is still room for improvement, but for a first wet race I’d say it hasn’t been a bad one at all!

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

DNF

It was my first race in wet conditions with this bike and Pirelli tyres, so again there was a lot to learn for me. I’m happy with how I was able to improve my pace lap after lap; the bike is quite different with the wet set-up on but I was able to adjust to that and – despite a small setback in the first half which cost me a couple of places – I was able to run consistently and gather some more experience. My goal was to finish the race – we got really close to it, but unfortunately we had to retire with less than two laps to go. It’s a pity, really, but there’s another race tomorrow to make it right.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Ronald ten Kate

Ronald ten Kate

Team Manager

Davide rode a brilliant race. It was clear from Superpole already that he was feeling comfortable with the bike in the wet, but obviously the drying asphalt added a further challenge to the race as the laps went by. Eighth place is a good result – maybe it could have been even better but we’re definitely happy with his performance. His comments were again positive and that shows that we’re working in the right direction. Too bad for Jake’s retirement, but unfortunately the gear-shifting issue he experienced did not allow him to finish the race. He did a good race nevertheless, especially if we consider that it was his first race in wet conditions with Pirelli tyres and this version of the Fireblade. He keeps improving, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he’ll be able to do tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

French Round

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France

WorldSBK 2017, Round 11

Cloudy & Wet / 16

Saturday 30 Sep 2017, 12:03 UTC
  • Air Temp: 16°C
  • Humidity: 79%
  • Ground Temp: 21°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 40’06.523
2 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +16.316
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +16.666
4 Leon Camier 2 GBR 13 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +22.133
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 11 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +41.210
6 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 10 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1’02.101
7 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 9 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1’02.281
8 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA 8 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1’05.775
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 7 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1’09.271
10 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 6 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1’17.429
11 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 5 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1’30.899
12 Román Ramos 40 SPA 4 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1’39.111
13 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 3 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1’40.891
14 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 2 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1’54.311
15 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 1 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
16 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1 Lap
17 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
18 Anthony West 13 AUS 0 Team Pedercini Honda +1 Lap
NC Jake Gagne 45 USA 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NC Xavi Fores 12 SPA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati DNF
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