Aruba.it –Racing- Ducati arrives at the Spanish circuit with high expectations thanks to the excellent results of the qualification runs and to the fact that both riders have already achieved significant results on this track in the past.
In fact, since 2011 one of the two riders on the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team has stood on the podium at every edition, with Melandri earning two wins (2011, 2012) and Davies feeling right at home with an incredible six victories (2013/2015/2016/2017) including two double wins (2013, 2016) and the first historic victory of the Panigale (2015).
A circuit that is thus well suited to the characteristics of Ducati bikes as well as the tastes of the two riders, and even though the track has one of the longest straights in the world it does not seem to penalise the Bologna twin cylinder too much.
Since the race is in Spain, it's also worth keeping an eye on the third Ducati entrusted to the Barni Racing Team and the Spanish rider Xavi Forés. In fact, the rider from Llombai is turning out to be one of the fastest of the lot and has had a fantastic start to the season, centring the podium in both Australia and Thailand, and this coming weekend he will be competing on a track that he knows very well. Attention therefore also to Panigale R number 12 because Xavi will certainly be among the top riders.
Moreover Micheal Ruben Rinaldi, the 2017 Superstock champion, will start his season on the Panigale R of the Aruba.it Racing - Junior team as enforcement for the Ducati "army".
With the return to Europe the Superstock 1000 championship will also begin, which will see the debut of two Ducati Panigale Rs on the Motocorsa Racing team. The bikes will be ridden by the Italian Federico Sandi, a rider of proven experience, and the Philippine TJ Alberto who, after his experience in the Italian championship of 2017, this year will be competing in the continental championship.
The World Superbike championship is back now to Europe and below you can find the racing timetable suitable for the european round.