After taking the WorldSBK-spec Panigale V4 R on track for the first time yesterday with enthusiastic feedback, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team was prompted to cut its program short on the second and final day of testing at Aragon (Spain) due to adverse weather conditions. Heavy rains hit the track on the outskirts of Alcañiz throughout the day, keeping the majority of the riders and teams in the pits. Still, Chaz Davies managed to ride 22 laps in the wet, the fastest of which in 2:04.513, and gather more data to move forward with the development.
In two days of testing, Davies completed 83 laps in total, with a personal best of 1:51.180. The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will resume action at Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), where Alvaro Bautista will make his debut alongside Davies, on November 26 and 27.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7)
"Despite the forecast, yesterday I was hoping we might get lucky and have a dry track in the morning, but unfortunately it wasn't the case. The day started and finished wet. We had to ride in the rain at some point anyway, so that's what we did today and actually it went OK. I wasn't looking for the limits of the bike in these conditions, keeping also an eye on my shoulder, but we still managed to tick off a few items on our list. We'll start in Jerez from where we finished here. We have a good base to begin with and our ideas are quite clear, which is the most important thing at this stage."
Serafino Foti, Team Manager
"Overall the test has been positive, even though unfortunately conditions weren't ideal today. We still did a few laps in the wet to verify the behavior of the Panigale V4 R, collecting important information while at the same time avoiding unnecessary risks. We'll head directly to Jerez from here to continue our development program, hopefully in more favorable weather. We want to make the most of the last testing days before the new year."