Sun does not shine on Bradl and Giugliano’s opening day at Lausitzring

A hectic opening day of action for the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship at Lausitzring has drawn to a close with Stefan Bradl in 12th place – despite an unfortunate tumble during FP2 – while his team mate for the German Round Davide Giugliano was 18th in the combined times of today’s two free practice sessions. Both riders will therefore take part in tomorrow’s Superpole 1, with the goal of advancing to the second session and battling for a spot on the first four rows of the grid for race one.Free Practice 2 was red flagged with 35 minutes to go after Bradl crashed out on oil left by Alex Lowes’s bike at Turn 14 a few minutes earlier. The German rider got away with only a severely bruised and painful left elbow after x-rays showed no sign of fractures, but his condition will still be reviewed by the medical centre tomorrow morning before FP3. The considerable damage taken by his Fireblade during the crash, however, resulted in a considerable amount of extra work for Stefan’s crew, which was forced to put together a whole new bike.

But the drama was not over: a rain shower began shortly after the red flags were deployed, which further extended the break to approximately one hour and thirty minutes. As the session restarted, wet conditions made it impossible for any rider to improve their lap-times before the chequered flag.

Davide Giugliano picked up from where he left off here at Lausitzring three weeks ago in a test to continue his familiarisation with the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine. The 27-year-old from Rome tried different set-up options while assessing different ride heights, although his progression was affected by the aforementioned incidents of FP2. This robbed him of some much-needed dry track time.

World Superbike will return to action tomorrow morning with the 25-minute free practice 3 session, which will get underway at 8:45 local time (GMT +2), which will be followed by Superpole 1 (10:30) and race one (13:00).

Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

12th

It was an unlucky day for us. After the long break I jumped back on the bike and felt pretty comfortable, which was really good if we consider that this is almost a new track for me. FP1 went well because the pace was good and so was the feeling with the Fireblade. We were ready to make more improvement in FP2 and made some changes to the bike and went back out on track with used tyres, but very soon we switched to a fresh set because we could see that it was going to rain. I was on a fast lap and feeling good, but then crashed on the oil left by Lowes’s bike. The crash came without warning, as I saw neither yellow nor oil flags. It was a quite big tumble and I landed on my left elbow. It is severely bruised on the joint, meaning I don’t have the full movement. Fortunately there is no fracture, but we need to wait and see how the situation will evolve through the night. It’s a shame, because I was feeling strong and it’s my home round, so I very much hope I can ride tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Davide Giugliano

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18th

It’s been a strange day today. This morning we had to double-check everything from the previous test and get back into riding mode, although the feeling was still not quite not there. The Fireblade is still a very new bike to me despite the test we had three weeks ago, so all we needed was track time. We had some ideas in mind for the afternoon session but the red flag and the rain spoiled our plans. I’m still positive, though. Free Practice 3 tomorrow morning is going to be very important for us: if we make the right changes, then we’ll be back on course.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

Stefan did well in FP1: after the long break and after so much time since his last race here, he picked up the pace quite quickly and improved in each outing. Things were looking quite good in the afternoon, but unfortunately he crashed out on some other rider’s oil left on track: he had just gone out on a fresh set of tyres after spending most of his time on used ones. That’s a shame, really, and I hope he will be able to ride tomorrow. Davide’s morning session wasn’t easy. We made some changes to the bike in the morning but he had a difficult time in picking up speed. We had a plan to turn it around in the afternoon, but obviously the red flag first and the rain later didn’t help. We’ll have to make the most of tomorrow’s FP3 session in order to find a better direction for Superpole and the race.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

German Round

Lausitzring, Germany

WorldSBK 2017, Round 9

Mixed conditions / 24

Friday 18 Aug 2017, 15:22 UTC
  • Air Temp: 24 °C
  • Humidity: 77%
  • Ground Temp: 33°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1’37.172
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.332
3 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.354
4 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.549
5 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.585
6 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.708
7 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER Van Zon Remeha BMW +0.790
8 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.993
9 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.290
10 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.298
11 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.369
12 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.622
13 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.745
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.812
15 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +2.215
16 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +2.269
17 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +2.342
18 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.486
19 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.944
20 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.416
21 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +3.560
22 Massimo Roccoli 55 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +3.603
23 Pawel Szkopek 19 POL Pazera Racing Yamaha +3.698
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