Added to the calendar back in 2003, the French track has grown to become a popular race, often deciding the outcome of the world championship. Right here in 2004 James Toseland won his first Superbike title on a Ducati 999, Troy Bayliss got his third championship and Carlos Checa closed his triumphant season in 2011.
Given the good auspices, the two Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Team riders will try to return to victory in France. For his part, Davies has the double win of 2016 and the success in Race 2 of last year, while Melandri can boast a victory in 2014 and a large number of appearances on the podium including second place in Race 1 of 2017.
Magny Cours is a rather technical track, where fairly slow corners mix with ultra fast stretches. The French track is famous for its braking points, which play a decisive role. The two bends “Adelaide” and “Chateau d’eau”, besides being ideal for overtaking, are also quite tricky given the high speed reached right before them.