Davide Giugliano finished today’s WorldSBK race one at Magny-Cours in eighth place, courtesy of a strong performance on board his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine on the drying French circuit. His Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team mate Jake Gagne was forced into a late retirement after fighting for a top-12 result.

Giugliano got an OK launch off sixth place on the grid and, after a few laps needed to adjust to the drying track conditions, he settled into a nice, consistently improving rhythm which allowed him to catch and overtake his former teammate Chaz Davies on lap 14. After losing one place to Laverty five laps later, the 27-year-old Italian managed to maintain eighth position up to the chequered flag. Courtesy of today’s result, Davide will start race two tomorrow from the middle of the second row (fifth place).

Jake Gagne had an encouraging and convincing early part of the race as he made his way up from 18th place on the grid to 12th in only five laps. The young American rider then a small setback on lap 7 which cost him a couple of places and, after staying attached to the group fighting for 12th position, he ran off track on the penultimate lap after experiencing a gear-shifting issue, and retired shortly afterwards. His starting position will not change for race two.

Race two for the French Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship will get underway tomorrow at 13:00 local time (GMT +2), after the 15-minute warm up scheduled at 9:00.

Davide Giugliano

Davide Giugliano 34

8th

It has been a positive race. We had good pace for the full 21 laps and we were able to improve all the way to the chequered flag. It was my first time riding the bike for more than a few laps in wet conditions so there were some things I needed to understand first before I could start pushing harder. The team did a great job in translating my comments and the data into appropriate changes to the bike set-up. Obviously there is still room for improvement, but for a first wet race I’d say it hasn’t been a bad one at all!

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

DNF

It was my first race in wet conditions with this bike and Pirelli tyres, so again there was a lot to learn for me. I’m happy with how I was able to improve my pace lap after lap; the bike is quite different with the wet set-up on but I was able to adjust to that and – despite a small setback in the first half which cost me a couple of places – I was able to run consistently and gather some more experience. My goal was to finish the race – we got really close to it, but unfortunately we had to retire with less than two laps to go. It’s a pity, really, but there’s another race tomorrow to make it right.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Ronald ten Kate

Ronald ten Kate

Team Manager

Davide rode a brilliant race. It was clear from Superpole already that he was feeling comfortable with the bike in the wet, but obviously the drying asphalt added a further challenge to the race as the laps went by. Eighth place is a good result – maybe it could have been even better but we’re definitely happy with his performance. His comments were again positive and that shows that we’re working in the right direction. Too bad for Jake’s retirement, but unfortunately the gear-shifting issue he experienced did not allow him to finish the race. He did a good race nevertheless, especially if we consider that it was his first race in wet conditions with Pirelli tyres and this version of the Fireblade. He keeps improving, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he’ll be able to do tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
French Round

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France

WorldSBK 2017, Round 11

Cloudy & Wet / 16
Saturday 30 Sep 2017, 12:03 UTC
  • Air Temp: 16°C
  • Humidity: 79%
  • Ground Temp: 21°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 40'06.523
2 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +16.316
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +16.666
4 Leon Camier 2 GBR 13 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +22.133
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 11 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +41.210
6 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 10 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1'02.101
7 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 9 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1'02.281
8 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA 8 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1'05.775
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 7 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1'09.271
10 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 6 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1'17.429
11 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 5 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1'30.899
12 Román Ramos 40 SPA 4 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1'39.111
13 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 3 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1'40.891
14 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 2 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1'54.311
15 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 1 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
16 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1 Lap
17 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
18 Anthony West 13 AUS 0 Team Pedercini Honda +1 Lap
NC Jake Gagne 45 USA 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NC Xavi Fores 12 SPA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati DNF
Rainy & Wet / 13
Saturday 30 Sep 2017, 09:22 UTC
  • Air Temp: 13°C
  • Humidity: 91%
  • Ground Temp: 17°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'56.555
2 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.203
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.533
4 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.892
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +2.164
6 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.371
7 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +2.381
8 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +2.822
9 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +3.082
10 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +8.124
11 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +8.618
12 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +
13 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +
14 Anthony West 13 AUS Team Pedercini Honda +
15 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
16 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +
17 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +
18 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
19 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
20 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
21 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
22 Matthieu Lussiana 94 FRA Team ASPI BMW +
Sunny & Dry / 25
Friday 29 Sep 2017, 13:37 UTC
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 51%
  • Ground Temp: 33°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'37.489
2 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.439
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.477
4 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.491
5 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.527
6 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.542
7 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.543
8 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.644
9 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.663
10 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.728
11 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.172
12 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.213
13 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.716
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.865
15 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.209
16 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.244
17 Anthony West 13 AUS Team Pedercini Honda +2.281
18 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +2.561
19 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +2.748
20 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.033
21 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +3.294
22 Matthieu Lussiana 94 FRA Team ASPI BMW +3.592
Rider Standings
Saturday, 30 Sep 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 456 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 327 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 302 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 270 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 179 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 173 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 156 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 147 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 132 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 127 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 104 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
12 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 93 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
13 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 88 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
14 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 67 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
15 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 50 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
16 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 40 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
17 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 39 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
18 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 32 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
19 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 29 Van Zon Remeha BMW
20 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 25 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
21 Leon HASLAM GBR 20
22 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 17 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
23 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 13 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
24 Anthony WEST 13 AUS 11 Team Pedercini Honda
25 Davide GIUGLIANO 34 ITA 8 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
26 Jake DIXON 94 GBR 7 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
27 Takumi TAKAHASHI 72 JPN 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
28 Alessandro ANDREOZZI 121 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
29 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
30 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
31 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 2 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda