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.

Davide Giugliano

Davide Giugliano 34

15th

It’s been quite a positive day for us: we tried some new stuff that I liked a lot. It’s a pity that on my very last lap I made a couple of mistakes which cost me at least half a second, but the feeling is there with the bike already and that’s the most important thing. I’m starting to feel the bike as my own and that’s without a doubt a confidence boost for me. We’ve worked really hard today and we are planning on making another adjustment for tomorrow, which hopefully will further improve our performance. We’re aware that the weather might change tomorrow but we are working in the right direction so we can look forward to whatever the weather does.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

21st

It’s nice to be back on this Fireblade after a little while. It has been a positive day: we kept making progress lap by lap and I’ve been out on track a lot. I was able to learn a lot about more about the bike and find my way around the track. I also had to learn how to use the Pirelli front tyre a bit better and try to brake a bit harder. This track requires a very precise riding style – there’s not much room for error – but we made little steps forwards here and there and generally speaking my feeling with the bike has improved. The weather looks a bit crazy for tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens!

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Ronald ten Kate

Ronald ten Kate

Team Manager

It has been a busy day today on both sides of the garage. Davide worked hard with the crew on a track that is really different from Lausitzring and Portimão. From his comments, it’s clear that he has improved his feeling with the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, although it hasn’t translated in competitive lap times yet. We are confident he will be able to improve his performance tomorrow. Jake did a massive amount of work on track: Magny-Cours is not an easy circuit to learn but he has improved in each sector over the course of the day. He now needs to put a strong whole lap together.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
French Round

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France

WorldSBK 2017, Round 11

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
Sunday, 17 Sep 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 431 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 311 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 296 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 250 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 168 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 166 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 156 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 134 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 130 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 117 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 99 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
12 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 84 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
13 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 84 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 36 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 12 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
24 Anthony WEST 13 AUS 11 Team Pedercini Honda
25 Jake DIXON 94 GBR 7 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
26 Takumi TAKAHASHI 72 JPN 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
27 Alessandro ANDREOZZI 121 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
28 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
29 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
30 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 2 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda