09
Sep
14

Approaching the season’s end…

We’re back safe from Jerez, after what turned out to be a really good weekend, particularly on one side of the garage. Great results for Chaz Davies, I’m only sorry that teammate Davide Giugliano wasn’t up on the podium with him… Anyway, onwards and upwards. I was made up to see Tati Mercado on the top step of the Stock1000 podium on Sunday. Now leading that championship with team Barni Racing, they’ll run their final race of the season in France next month – I can’t wait to see what’s sure to be a great battle there, and will be cheering Tati on all the way!

We now have a couple of weeks back at base, with the next event not until early October. A very strange season finale this year, with many long breaks between the final rounds, so one this month, one next month and the last races in Qatar in November. It means you just get back into the swing of things, only to find you have another few weeks away from the tracks – not the best, and I’m sure the riders don’t love it… Anyway, we hope that next year’s calendar makes a little more sense, and is organised a little earlier on so that teams are better able to sort the logistics.

It was great to catch up with Carlos Checa in Spain. He was excited to make a lap of honour and got a lot of attention from the fans. He’s keeping himself busy now that he’s retired from the racing and, as well as the extreme sports, is currently taking flying lessons too – he says he also likes to relax in front of the TV sometimes but if it’s true, I find it hard to believe that it happens very often!

So this coming weekend the MotoGP boys are at Misano but over in Germany, at the Lausitzring, we have the penultimate round of the IDM championship, where Xavi Fores and Max Neukirchner, of the 3C Racing team, are fighting for the Superbike title. I’m definitely keeping my eye on that one, though from the comfort of my sofa – my other half will be there so he’ll keep me posted for sure.

Ok, better get back to putting together the post-Jerez press summary…. Back soon, I promise!

21
Jul
14

A few wdw snaps…

… courtesy of my sister Ruth!

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18
Jul
14

WDW – Day 1!

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13
Jul
14

Race day @ Laguna!

Right, first things first, breakfast!

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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:

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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!

11
Jul
14

@ Monterey, CA

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08
Jul
14

Home, & away again…

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 :-)

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30
Jun
14

A month on the go…

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!




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