Ducati ready for the home GPSuperBike | Ducati | Desmodromico | Davies | Melandri | Aruba.it racing - Ducati Team
After a trip overseas to Laguna Seca (United States) archived with two podiums, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team is ready to get back on track in front of their fans in Misano, theater of the ninth round of the 2018 World Superbike Championship and second race " of home "after Imola. The track of Romagna evokes indelible memories for the team, which last year almost touched the victory in Race 1 with Chaz Davies before a slip with a few corners from the end, resulting in an injury, decreed the withdrawal; a success then achieved by Marco Melandri in Race 2, his first with Ducati in front of the Italian public. Both Davies and Melandri are more than ever determined to exploit the "field factor" to shorten the distances in the standings before the long summer break. At Misano, Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team will also be back on track with Michael Ruben Rinaldi, back from his best result obtained so far in his debut year in Superbike - sixth in Brno - and ready to resume his growth path . After eight rounds, Davies (245 points) and Melandri (168 points) are respectively second and sixth in the standings, while Rinaldi (54 points) is fourteenth. The Aruba.it Racing team - Ducati and Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team will be back on track on Friday 6 July at 09.45 local time (CET) for the first free practice session.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati 7)
"After a concrete weekend at Laguna Seca, I can not wait to get back to action at Misano, I really like both the track and the atmosphere that surrounds it, as there are always many Ducati fans. at Misano they have not been representative of our potential so far, even though the track is not really the most suitable for us, in the last few years we have been competitive, and we have always had a good pace. head to the race before the crash on the last lap, it will be a hot weekend, where tire management will be very important, it will also be important to get a good result to maintain the momentum during the summer break, so we hope to use the field factor to our favor ".
Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati 33)
"Misano is always a special round, and certainly the first victory with Ducati obtained there last year left me with an indelible memory. Returning to run there, with the awareness of our potential, gives me an additional charge. I feel very good, I'm ready for some races that are very hot. I'm sure we'll be in the game, and I expect a group fight after the growth highlighted by some of our rivals in the last races, which would make everything more spectacular and fun. I can not wait to get on the track ".
Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team 21)
"After a first part of the season that continues to grow, culminating in Brno, I go to Misano with a great desire to get back on the bike, both because we missed the last round because it is the home race for me, with many fans supporting us . I like the track a lot, I've never done it with the Superbike and I can not wait to check my potential. The heat will be the most important variable at the weekend, both on a level that grips and energy management. I expect a very interesting and very balanced weekend ".