The eleventh Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship got underway today at Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours, with Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team’s Davide Giugliano and Jake Gagne 15th and 21st, respectively, in the combined times of today’s two free practice sessions held at the venue located in the heart of France. Both riders will therefore take part in tomorrow’s Superpole 1, which will begin at 10:30 local time (GMT +2).
Today Davide Giugliano turned a wheel at Magny-Cours for the first time since 2014, having been sidelined from the French round for the last two years in a row due to injury. After taking part in the post-race official test at Portimão less than two weeks ago, the 27-year-old Italian had to try out the characteristics of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine on a very different racetrack, which requires a totally different set-up. After suffering a low-speed crash at Turn 5 (Adelaide) in the second half of FP2, Giugliano set his fastest time of the day in the last outing before the chequered flag.
After arriving in France for the first time two days ago, Jake Gagne spent the entirety of today’s track-time learning his way around the challenging and slightly undulating 4.411km French venue. The 24-year-old from San Diego made some progress in the afternoon session and was the most active rider on track with 52 laps completed throughout the day.