22
Feb
14

Superpole!

30 minutes until the first Superpole of the 2014 season! We’ve just done some signings during the Saturday afternoon pitwalk and there are a lot of people out there, particularly a lot wearing Ducati gear which is great to see!

Our Ducati Superbike man Davide finished the latest practice session in first position, with Chaz in sixth. They closed qualifying in third and fourth place respectively, a great result, so will proceed directly to Superpole 2, while those who qualified between 11th and 20th take part in Superpole 1.

Here’s a great pic of Chaz and Davide together with Althea’s Ducati rider Niccolò Canepa taken in pitlane this morning, courtesy of our team photographer Photozac…

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20
Feb
14

Media Thursday

So media day is well underway and it’s a wet and windy one here at the Island. Chaz has been at the press conference and then out on the start line for surf-themed pics, despite the looming black clouds. It looks like more rain is on the way now which is unfortunate as all the SBK riders and their bikes will be back on the start line for the official 2014 group picture in about an hour. The boys have also carried out a few interviews for Aussie and international media throughout the day. Tomorrow the first free practice sessions of the new season will take place – let’s just hope conditions pick up a little by then!

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19
Feb
14

Aussie wildlife

Sorry but I couldn’t resist some animal pics. Don’t worry, I’ll be back later with news of today’s Ducati media events!

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19
Feb
14

Bits&bobs

Today the riders have a day off to relax and prepare for the upcoming race weekend, while the rest of the team is here at the track busy preparing the boys’ Panigale bikes so as to be ready in time for Friday’s first practice sessions… I’m getting some admin done here at the track but I had chance for a stroll down to the sea this morning, and if I have time I’m hoping to get to the local wildlife park later today.

Tomorrow is traditionally media day here at Phillip Island and both Chaz and Davide will be busy with a number of interviews, shoots and press initiatives. There’s no better track at which to do photoshoots; the ocean as a backdrop makes for some pretty stunning pics. There’s always a great relaxed atmosphere here at the Aussie track, so it should be a fairly stress-free day, before the real work starts for our two riders on Friday!

We went to eat in the local Italian restaurant here on the Island the other evening and I was very pleased to see a copy of my translation of the Simoncelli tribute book being displayed right there at the tills – nice to see that my hard work paid off and that the English version is being sold on the other side of the world too :-)

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18
Feb
14

Day two, session one…

(8.30am) All set here for day 2 of testing action! Day one was pretty positive; Davide closed with the second fastest time of the day, with both riders having worked steadily with their technicians throughout the sessions. This morning it’s already bright and sunny at 8.30am and the SBK boys are out on track from 9am… More to follow…

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(11.30am) The boys have just finished session 1. Times are gradually dropping and Davide was able to make a series of laps in under 1’31. He closed the session 4th, behind Sykes, Lowes and Melandri. Chaz is lying tenth with a best of 1’31.0, already 4 tenths quicker than yesterday. The boys now have a break over lunch time, with the final two-hour session scheduled to start here at 1.30pm local time.

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17
Feb
14

Ready, set….

… and we’re ready to go here at Phillip Island. While the technicians spent a long (jet-lagged) day yesterday setting everything up for today’s tests, riders Chaz and Davide took care of a number of photoshoots. The first round of the championship always involves many bike/rider shoots so that the media are sorted with a selection of stock images for the rest of the season. It’s always interesting to be here at round 1 with new teams and many riders having changed team colours for 2014. The bikes, and riders of course, all looked great for the shoots, now let’s see how they all go round the beautiful Aussie track… Conditions are warm and dry, so here’s hoping for some uninterrupted track time… Will update you all a little later on….

and work begins!

All set here for day 2 of testing action! Day one was pretty positive; Davide closed with the second fastest time of the day, with both riders having worked steadily with their technicians throughout the sessions. This morning it’s already bright and sunny at 8.30am and the SBK boys are out on track from 9am… More to follow…

11
Feb
14

Sydney-side, and loving it!

We only have a few days to look around so are trying to fit a lot of stuff in. It means we’re shattered and with sore feet after about 10 hours of sightseeing today despite the jet-lag! I love this city, despite the grey skies – what happened to the Aussie summer?!

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