Giugliano and Takahashi with some work to do after opening day at Jerez

Day one of the Spanish WorldSBK Round of 2017 has drawn to a close for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, with Davide Giugliano and Takumi Takahashi 17th and 20th, respectively, in the combined times of today’s two practice sessions at ‘Circuito de Jerez’. Both riders will therefore take part in tomorrow’s Superpole 1 with the goal to advance to the second and final qualifying session.Davide Giugliano had a steady start to the day as he got to grips with the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 around the fast-flowing 4.423 Km Andalusian track, which has been recently resurfaced. It took some time for the 27-year-old to find the right feeling with the bike, but in the final stages of FP2 he was able to improve on his morning’s lap time by 1.2secs after logging a 1’42.218 time with two minutes to go before the chequered flag was deployed.Takumi Takahashi jumped back on the WorldSBK-spec version of the Fireblade for the first time since his series debut at Portimão five weeks ago. The Japanese rider worked hard with his crew to adjust back to a different machines and tyres he is used to racing at home, and to reacquaint himself with the circuit, where he has tested previously.

World Superbike action at Jerez will resume tomorrow morning at 8:45 local time (GMT +2) with Free Practice 3, which will be followed by Superpole 1 (10:30) and Race 1 (13:00).

Davide Giugliano

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It took us quite a bit of time to find some direction today because apparently the settings we found at Magny-Cours did not really work here, and back-to-back evaluation did not give us the results we were looking for. We tried many changes and that meant I could not stay out on track for as long as I would have liked. In the end we were able to improve a little so I hope tomorrow we will be able to continue in the right direction. The 15 minutes of Superpole 1 could turn out to be in our favour tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Takumi Takahashi

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It was good to get back on track without having to learn my way around it, so the start of the day was quite positive for me. I was looking to improve further, but with the temperature rise we switched to the softer tyre compound, which I never tried before, so it took me a while to get use to its behaviour. I obviously wished we were further up in the timesheets, but now we know what to do so it’ll be easier to improve tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Ronald ten Kate

Ronald ten Kate

Team Manager

We did not expect such a slow start to the day, but unfortunately the set-up we found in France did not suit this track for Davide. We had to try different things before we could find a direction, but we eventually did find it so we are now looking forward to tomorrow, and I’m confident we can make up some ground to the top. Takumi continues to build up experience in the championship: it’s only his second WorldSBK event of his career and, despite knowing the track already, he needs some more time on the bike and on Pirelli tyres before he can find the right feeling with the package. He’s getting there, though.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Spanish Round

Circuito de Jerez, Spain

WorldSBK 2017, Round 12


Friday 20 Oct 2017, 13:40 UTC
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# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1’40.291
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.597
3 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.599
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.600
5 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Racing Ducati +0.602
6 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.605
7 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.795
8 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +0.900
9 Sylvain Guintoli 05 FRA Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.903
10 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Racing Ducati +0.913
11 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.990
12 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.008
13 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.022
14 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.294
15 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.329
16 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1.696
17 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.927
18 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1.971
19 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.495
20 Takumi Takahashi 72 JPN Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.627
21 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.698
22 Dominic Schmitter 99 SWI eighty one HPC-Power Suzuki Racing Suzuki +5.091
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