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Sensational double debut win for Álvaro Bautista and the Panigale V4 R at Phillip Island

Making his debut in the Superbike World Championship for the Racing – Ducati team, Álvaro Bautista today achieved a truly extraordinary feat by winning the opening round of the 2019 season with the new Ducati Panigale V4 R. The last time a rookie rider won on his debut was in 2007 and what makes the 34-year-old Spanish rider's win even more remarkable is the fact that it was also the very first race for the bike. Starting from third on the grid after the Superpole, Bautista took control of the race on the opening lap, increased his lead every time around and took the chequered flag almost 15 seconds ahead of Jonathan Rea.

Team-mate Chaz Davies was in a bit of difficulty during the 22-lap race, the Welshman never being able to attack, also due to excessive rear tyre wear, which especially in the final stages forced him to slow his pace and he eventually finished in tenth place.

Tomorrow will see the other two SBK races on the schedule for this first round of the championship; the ten-lap Superpole Race at 12:00 (02:00 CET) and Race 2 at 15:00 (05:00 CET).

Álvaro Bautista ( Racing - Ducati #19) – 1st
“This victory has given me such incredible satisfaction and I’m really happy to have won my first World Superbike race! For sure we worked well throughout the winter months and this allowed us to prepare a competitive bike for the first round. Today I wasn’t able to set the pole because I still have to understand how the qualifying tyres work, as they are completely new for me. In the race however I was really confident because I knew I had an excellent pace, and my strategy was to take the lead as soon as possible and then keep a consistent pace. I could see that the gap was increasing lap after lap, even though I was trying to manage the tyre wear, especially towards the end of the race. I’m really happy and I’d like to thank Ducati, Aruba and the guys in my team, now we’ll see if we can keep this up.”

Chaz Davies ( Racing - Ducati #7) – 10th
“For me it was rather a disappointing race. Initially I was quite happy and after a good start I more or less maintained the pace with a decent group. Then I suddenly had such a massive drop of rear grip, so much so that I felt like I was riding in sand: we’ll have to look at the data to figure out why it was like that. I know how to manage a race at Phillip Island and I felt like I was relatively conservative for most of the race, but I hit trouble at two-thirds race distance and wasn’t expecting it. It shows we are inexperienced with this new bike; I had a pace that I thought could see us into the top 6 but that wasn’t the case today.”

Marco Zambenedetti (Ducati Corse Track Technical Coordinator)
“Today for sure we did a great job! We are seeing the results of everything we’ve done in the last few years and the fact that we believed in a new project that represents a historic turning-point for Ducati. We knew we could be competitive and we knew we had the technology and the working method to succeed. Álvaro has given us such enormous satisfaction by taking the V4 R to victory, and even though he is a very experienced rider, he is still a rookie in this category. Tomorrow we’ll try and also get Chaz into a condition where he can express his true potential, because we’re convinced that he can. We’ve still got a lot of work to do because despite this first win we’re only just at the beginning.”

Saturday, 23 February 2019 09:52 Published in Rider and Team Releases

Davies Dominates To Take The Victory In France

(October 1, 2017)- Chaz Davies ( Racing - Ducati) took an excellent victory in Race 2 at the Pirelli French Round, seizing control in the opening stages and not looking back from there to eventually cross the line three seconds ahead of nearest challenger Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team).

Sunday, 01 October 2017 17:48 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Davies Stuns In Italian Sun To Take Victory

(May 14, 2017)- At the Motul Italian Round on Sunday it was Racing - Ducati rider Chaz Davies who took a superb victory in front of the fans at Imola, with the podium also featuring Kawasaki Racing Team pair Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.

Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:18 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Davies Sets the Benchmark

@WorldSBK •@DucatiSuperbike • @MazdaRaceway (July 9, 20916)- Ducati rider Chaz Davies owned the timesheets on Day 1 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as the Welshman returned to the track on which he did the double last year to lay down a marker as he gets ready to attack the second half of the season.

Saturday, 09 July 2016 18:27 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Davies Dominates For A Ducati Double At Home‏

#ImolaWorldSBK • @WorldSBK •@DucatiSuperbike •@chazdavies •(May 01, 2016)- Ducati title challenger Chaz Davies threw down the gauntlet to Championship leader Jonathan Rea in Race 2 at Imola as the Welshman again lead off the line from pole position and took a commanding victory.

Sunday, 01 May 2016 10:20 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Full house for Ducati's Davies in Spectacular Race 1‏

@WorldSBK •(April 30, 2016)- A stunning performance from rider Chaz Davies saw him take a comfortable victory in Race 1 at Imola, as Kawasaki pairing Rea and Sykes were left to fight it out for the other podium positions.

Saturday, 30 April 2016 10:28 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Davies does the double for Ducati in Aragon‏

@WSBK •@AragonMotorland • @DucatiMotor •(April 3, 2016) Racing – Ducati rider Chaz Davies took another incredible win at MotorLand Aragón in Race 2, crossing the line 6.471 seconds clear of the nearest bike on track after another sublime ride.

Sunday, 03 April 2016 10:15 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Carlos Checa returns to ride the Panigale R at the Superbike tests at Mugello‏

Bologna (Italy), Sunday 28 June 2015 – Carlos Checa returns to the track, riding the Panigale R in its Superbike version, to support the work of the Ducati development team. The Spanish rider, who officially retired from competition at the end of 2013, will be present during the three days of testing that Ducati Corse has arranged at the Mugello circuit, from 30 June to 2 July.

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:23 Published in News

Davies Tops Day 1 Timesheets After Blistering Final Lap‏

The first day of action of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at the TT Circuit Assen drew to a close with Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) responding to the challenge from the KRT duo of former Champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and current Championship leader Jonathan Rea to top of the overall classification by a margin of 0.320s with a final, scintillating lap of 1'35.748.

With Sykes and Rea in second and third, respectively, Haslam rode his factory Aprilia RSV4 RF up to fourth place, edging out local star Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike) by only 45 thousandths of a second while bettering his morning session's lap-time by a significant 1.3s.

Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) elevated himself to sixth, with the biggest improvement of the day coming from Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) who jumped from 16th after FP1 to seventh.

Reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) lapped consistently to end the day eighth overall with Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati) and Xavi Fores ( Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) completing the top-10.

Good news coming from Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) who quietly went about his business, understanding the new electronics and posting the tenth best time, making it five manufacturers inside the top ten, and giving MV Agusta their best Friday placing since they returned to WorldSBK last year.

WorldSBK Assen - Combined times Free Practice 1 and 2
1 - Chaz Davies Racing - Ducati Superbike Team 1'35.748
2 - Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team +0.320
3 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team +0.442


Cluzel Heads WSS Field on Opening Day

As the opening day of World Supersport action drew to a close it was Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) who was sitting pretty atop the timesheets after two closely fought 45-minute free practice sessions. The Frenchman, who is keen to put the disappointment of the Thai and Aragon rounds, where he suffered technical problems while fighting for the lead of the race, finished comfortably ahead of his nearest rival, second place Kenan Sofuoglu.

Kyle Smith in fouth was having an encouraging first day with his Pata Honda World Supersport team entry until he crashed with twelve minutes to go. The Briton who has already been on the podium twice in his debut season in Supersport would eventually finish fifth just behind PJ Jacobsen (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) and the second MV Agusta Reparto Corse entry of Lorenzo Zanetti, who were third and fourth respectively.

Ratthapark Wilairot (CORE Motorsport Thailand) was sixth and another of the leading riders crash. For German rider Kevin Wahr in seventh, it was his best result of the year so far since switching from Yamaha to the SMS Honda team for a full 2015 season assault.

Gino Rea (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda), Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing) and Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK#25) completed the top ten after an eventful FP2 saw many riders fall. The session was red flagged with twenty minutes remaining following Dominic Schmitter's crash. The Swiss rider dropping fluid from his Go Eleven Kawasaki. All riders escaped uninjured.

Qualifying for Sunday's fourth race of the year is set to take place tomorrow at 3:55pm local time, where from the list of current WSS riders only Kenan Sofuoglu has taken a Pole Position here, back in 2007 and 2010.

WSS Assen - Combined times Free Practice 1 and 2 1 - Jules Cluzel MV Agusta Reparto Corse 1'38.633
2 - Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing +0.132
3 - PJ Jacobsen Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki +0.287



Friday, 17 April 2015 13:37 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Davies Gives Ducati a Historic Win in Aragon Race 2

April 12, 2015- The second 18-lap race at MotorLand Aragon, run in much warmer conditions, was won by Briton Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati Superbike Team), after a dominating performance.

Sunday, 12 April 2015 17:50 Published in Reports, Results & Points

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