… courtesy of my sister Ruth!
Right, first things first, breakfast!
Think that will keep us going for a while – they’re not all for me might I add :-)
It’s 8.15 in the morning here and the weather situation looks like this:
It needs to clear quickly, as it has other mornings, so that our SBK guys can get out for warm-up in 45 mins time.
Chaz and Davide have qualified 3rd and 4th for today’s 25-lap races, and Niccolò is heading the EVO field, in 12th. Should be an exciting race day, with several guys bunched together in terms of lap times… Keep an eye on Ducati’s social media pages for updates throughout the day!
So I got home safe from Portimao, and have been home just long enough to: unpack, get washing done, iron, meet with colleagues re next week’s WDW, fit in a quick trip to both doctor and accountant, repack, check-in online, write preview release and answer some emails… Plan to grab a pizza and then have an early night tonight as we’re back at BLQ tomorrow at 6am for trip to London and then on to San Fran and straight to Laguna Seca! I’m really looking forward to the racing this weekend, especially on the back of the Portimao races. Chaz and Davies were both up on the podium at last year’s Laguna round – wouldn’t it be great if we could do that again this time around…?
Here’s what Chaz and Davide have to say ahead of the weekend:
Chaz Davies – Ducati Superbike Team #7
“I’m excited ahead of Laguna. I took a podium finish last time around and it’s always been one of my favourite tracks. California itself is a beautiful part of the world, whether you’re there to race or simply to relax. Canepa was going strong there last year with the Ducati, and both Davide and I scored some good results there too. I feel that we took another good step forward in Portimao and I’m hopeful that the bike will work well this coming weekend too; I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do at Laguna.”
Davide Giugliano – Ducati Superbike Team #34
“I admit that Laguna is one of my favourite tracks, it seems to suit my riding style and last year I came extremely close to taking the win in race 2. I can’t wait to get back to racing there and, after the podium at Portimao, I think we’ll arrive in America more determined than ever. I hope that we are able to adapt my Panigale to the track as quickly as possible, and that I am able to make two great races – I can’t wait.”
And a couple of pics of Monterey, California, to whet the appetite :-)
I feel like I’m rushing around trying to get all kinds of things done before the end of tomorrow, mainly due to the fact that what I don’t fit in now will have to wait a month until we are back home and enjoying some holiday time. This Wednesday we’re Portimao-bound for round 8 of the SBK season – can’t believe we’re already more than half way through the championship! I love the Algarve area and wish we were able to stay on for a couple of days post-race but unfortunately back to back races means we come straight back to Italy for one day and then it’s off to San Francisco and Laguna Seca. Again, a nice place to spend a couple of days outside of the racetrack but we’ll be flying back to Europe on Monday night so that we have a day or two to prepare for World Ducati Week at Misano. Speaking from experience, and mainly due to the combination of countless Ducati riders and 60,000 Ducati fans, WDW is pretty much the busiest, most tiring event on the calendar so I hope I don’t arrive there too jet-lagged!
Well I guess it keeps me fit, ha! And at least the packed July schedule means that we will truly appreciate the August break – I’m looking forward to some downtime in both the UK and at home here in Italy :-)
Be sure to keep an eye on Ducati social media sites, as well as my own pages, over the next weeks for all the Ducati SBK Team news, results and behind the scenes pics! A prestissimo ragazzi!
Well I think I’m as ready as I’ll ever be for the next non-stop month of racing activity… My new Diadora bags are packed and I’ll be heading down to see our friends at the Kursaal hotel in Cattolica tomorrow afternoon. Then I’m at the Misano track from Thursday morning for the start of what will be a very busy SBK round, in which our riders Davide and Chaz have a variety of guest appearances, media events and signing sessions lined up to keep them (and me!) busy when they’re not on track. Should be a hot one too, though after Malaysia I reckon it’ll be a walk in the park in comparison! Another home race for us though, so that means a packed-out hospitality unit and loads of support from the Ducatisti, always appreciated.
Then before we know it the Superbike ‘tour’ will be taking us on to Portimao, followed immediately by a trip Stateside, to Laguna Seca, and then back to Misano in a month’s time to meet with Ducatisti from all over the world at the 2014 edition of the infamous World Ducati Week! Yep, it’s going to be manic month – think we might be about ready for a holiday by the time we reach August :-)
I’ll be back with updates over the weekend guys!