Giugliano is eager to return to action after his positive weekend at Magny-Cours a fortnight ago. The 27-year-old Italian rider well performed in front of the French crowd, while improving his feeling and synergy with the bike, much to the satisfaction of the team. The fast and flowing nature of the Jerez circuit suits Giugliano’s riding style like no other track on the calendar, so the former STK1000 champion is looking forward to getting started.
Takumi Takahashi will be back on board the WorldSBK-spec version of the Fireblade after his debut at Portimão last month where he scored his first World Championship points. Unlike the Portuguese event, however, the Japanese rider will approach this event not only with some experience of the bike and Pirelli tyres but also with previous knowledge of the track, which will be a massive help for the three-time Suzuka 8 Hour winner.
Davide Giugliano 34
We get to Jerez after the positive weekend at Magny-Cours, where we worked hard and well to improve the package. I think we are heading in the right direction, so now I’m looking forward to Jerez, which is among my favourite tracks and one where I’ve always been competitive. I hope I will be able to put my speed to good use in order to keep improving the bike and have fun out there.
Takumi Takahashi 72
I have tested with MotoGP at Jerez before so I already know the track, which is without a doubt a massive help heading into my second-ever WorldSBK round. Last time out at Portimão I got to know this version of the Fireblade and started to understand the behaviour of Pirelli tyres, so now I’m looking forward to getting back on track. The team works really hard and their support is great, so I’ll be giving my very best and hopefully we will get a good result together.
Ronald ten Kate
After a positive weekend at Magny-Cours we are looking forward to Jerez, where we are hoping to maintain the upward trend and aim for some good results. For Davide it means two consecutive race weekends on the bike which will be a big help. Takahashi knows his way around Jerez, so this will help him aim for better results than he had Portimão where everything – the track, bike, tyres and the championship – was completely new for him.
Circuito de Jerez, Spain
WorldSBK 2017, Round 12
|#||Rider||Num||Nationality Nat.||Points Pts.||Team||Constructor Constr.|
|1||Jonathan REA||65||GBR||456||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki|
|2||Tom SYKES||66||GBR||336||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki|
|3||Chaz DAVIES||7||GBR||327||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati|
|4||Marco MELANDRI||33||ITA||281||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati|
|5||Alex LOWES||22||GBR||199||Pata Yamaha||Yamaha|
|6||Michael VAN DER MARK||60||NDL||189||Pata Yamaha||Yamaha|
|7||Xavi FORES||12||SPA||169||BARNI Racing Team||Ducati|
|8||Leon CAMIER||2||GBR||147||MV Agusta Reparto Corse||MV Agusta|
|9||Jordi TORRES||81||SPA||140||Althea BMW Racing Team||BMW|
|10||Eugene LAVERTY||50||GBR||127||Milwaukee Aprilia||Aprilia|
|11||Lorenzo SAVADORI||32||ITA||104||Milwaukee Aprilia||Aprilia|
|12||Leandro MERCADO||36||ARG||103||IodaRacing Team||Aprilia|
|13||Román RAMOS||40||SPA||95||Team Go Eleven||Kawasaki|
|14||Stefan BRADL||6||GER||67||Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team||Honda|
|15||Randy KRUMMENACHER||15||SWI||50||Puccetti Racing||Kawasaki|
|16||Raffaele DE ROSA||35||ITA||45||Althea BMW Racing Team||BMW|
|17||Nicky HAYDEN||69||USA||40||Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team||Honda|
|18||Alex DE ANGELIS||15||RSM||32||Pedercini Racing SC-Project||Kawasaki|
|19||Markus REITERBERGER||21||GER||29||Van Zon Remeha||BMW|
|20||Ayrton BADOVINI||86||ITA||26||Grillini Racing Team||Kawasaki|
|22||Ondrej JEZEK||37||CZE||17||Grillini Racing Team||Kawasaki|
|23||Davide GIUGLIANO||34||ITA||13||Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team||Honda|
|24||Anthony WEST||13||AUS||13||Team Pedercini||Honda|
|25||Riccardo RUSSO||84||ITA||13||Guandalini Racing||Yamaha|
|26||Jake DIXON||94||GBR||7||Dynavolt Intact GP||Suter|
|27||Takumi TAKAHASHI||72||JPN||7||Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team||Honda|
|28||Alessandro ANDREOZZI||121||ITA||7||Guandalini Racing||Yamaha|
|29||Jake GAGNE||45||USA||6||Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team||Honda|
|31||Julian SIMON||60||SPA||4||Garage Plus Interwetten||Kalex|