The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Team Goes West

19 Jun 2018
The Superbike championship is moving on to its third race outside of Europe, the circus of motorcycles based on stock models taking a long trip to one of the most spectacular circuits in the world: Laguna Seca.

Davies and Melandri arrive in the United States after the race in Brno where both made it to the podium, but that was of little consolation given the expectations. Davies was slowed by traction problems, while Melandri, after a nice second place in Race 1, could have won Race 2 if a problem with the rear brake control hadn't caused him to leave the track. The two Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team riders therefore arrive in California bent on making up for a weekend that didn't go as well as it might have. 

One can easily get lost in trivia describing the Laguna Seca track and its history. It is one of the most challenging tracks in the world and is the birthplace of the Superbike itself. In fact it was here that in the 1970s the first series of races of modified production models came into being, which later arrived in Europe as well, giving origin to the world championship in 1988.

Corkscrew, Andretti and Rainey are the names of just a few of the most famous curves, but here there is probably not a metre of track where a rider can relax. Never failing to provide a good show, SBK returned there in 2013 and has always offered highly competitive races.

As usual, the Ducatistas in attendance will flock to Ducati Island, a fixture of the California track. It's an actual island that can only be accessed by riding a Ducati motorcycle and where the local subsidiary organises a wonderful reception. As always the Ducati racers will visit the island for the traditional autograph session, while the parade of all the Ducatistas on the track is customarily held on Sunday morning after the warm up: A show within the show! 

Day/Session
Local time (GMT - 9)
Friday 23rd
FP1
9.45 -10.25
FP2
12.30 - 13.10
FP3
16.05 - 16.45
Saturday 24th
FP4
09.00 - 09.20
SP1
11.00 -11.15
SP2
11.25 - 11.40
Race 1
14.00
Sunday 25th
Warm Up
10.30 -10.45
Race 2
14.00
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