Testing concludes at Phillip Island ahead of 2018 season opener
After an eventful start to its pre-season tests at Phillip Island (Australia) on Monday, the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team resumed action today for a second and final day of testing ahead of the opening round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship, scheduled for this upcoming weekend on the same track. In warmer weather conditions – with approximately 25 degrees outside and 40 on the tarmac – Chaz Davies moved forward with the work on the race setup of the Panigale R.
Chaz improved his lap times by circa half a second compared with yesterday, drawing multiple comparisons and posting a 1:31.614, 11th fastest overall.
The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will take it back to the track on Friday at 09:45 local time (CET +10) for the first official practice session ahead of the opening races of the year, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 1:31.614 (11th)
“We focused on consistency, lapping mostly with one tire to better evaluate all the modifications we were trying. I feel better on the bike, even though the lap times don’t show it yet. We’ve basically covered all the items in the program. We’re still looking for improvements in some key areas but we have some more upgrades coming for round 1 so I’m optimistic about our chances to make steps forward and be competitive come race weekend.”