Chaz tenth on day one at Jerez

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The Racing – Ducati team resumed action at Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), home of the penultimate round of the 2017 WorldSBK Championship. In sunny weather conditions with temperatures increasing throughout the day – and, consequently, a decreasing grip on track – several top riders posted their best lap times in FP1. Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies were no exception, clocking respectively a 1:40.893 and a 1:41.204 in the morning, which granted them fifth (+0.602) and tenth (+0.913) position in the combined rankings.

Both the Italian and the Welshman were still determined to try a “time attack” in FP2 after focusing initially on tyre wear, but technical issues prevented them from improving their lap times. Melandri and Davies nonetheless gained direct access to Superpole 2.

The Racing – Ducati team will resume action tomorrow at 08:45 local time (CET) for FP3 in preparation of Superpole and Race 1, which is scheduled to start at 13:00 local time.

Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati #7) – 1:41.204 (10th)
“This morning we just tried to get acquainted with the new tarmac, which basically means a new track, while in FP2 we got out on used tires to test a couple of changes to our setup but unfortunately we had a technical issue that resulted in a pretty awkward crash. Luckily I’m all right, I took a few bangs but nothing too serious. Overall, we didn’t have an ideal day but I’m confident we’ll bounce back tomorrow. We’ll just have more work to do in FP3, but I think we’re heading in the right direction.”