18 May, 2017

Davies tests Ducati GP17 at Mugello

Chaz Davies saw Ducati keep its promise by giving him a run on its GP17 machine on its test day at Mugello after his double victory at Imola.

Davies tests Ducati GP17 at Mugello
Davies tests Ducati GP17 at Mugello
Chaz Davies saw Ducati keep its promise by giving him a run on its GP17 machine on its test day at Mugello after the Welsh rider secured a dominant double victory at the Imola World Superbike round.

The 30-year-old produced a flawless race weekend at his Aruba.it Racing Ducati's home round with pole position, two race wins and fastest laps in both races which has seen him rewarded with a trial on the 2017 Ducati MotoGP machine at the Italian manufacturer's private one-day test at Mugello.

Ducati hasn't released any information on how Davies' test run went on the GP17 but did reveal images of the rider beaming alongside the bike. Davies has said he would like to switch into MotoGP in the near future, with a potential move to Pramac rumoured, but has reiterated his goal of claiming the World Superbike title before moving to the Grand Prix series.

Aruba.it Racing Ducati saw Marco Melandri complete the one-day test on the Panigale R at Mugello to assess chassis and electronic upgrades, with the Italian completing 105 laps.

“It's been an intense and productive day,” Melandri said. “We worked a lot on the bike's geometries. In particular, we focused on two areas: the stability under acceleration while upshifting and the front-end feedback in corner entry. Until one hour to go, I wasn't particularly satisfied, then we found positive sensations in the last few runs.

“I'd have liked to try some more modifications to the electronics, but it's okay. We gathered important indications to improve our performance in the upcoming races.”

Davies and Melandri will now head to Donington Park for the British round of the 2017 World Superbike championship on the 26-28 May.

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  • NotVRorMMfanboy 19 May, 2017 14:26:19
    It's a shame but it's never ever going to happen. Ducati's priority after MotoGP is winning WSB. Who is going to win the championship or win/podium lots of races for them if Chaz goes????

    It would be great but they don't need him in MotoGP coming 10th on a satellite bike. If you think Redding, Abraham, Baz and Barbera are rubbish you have no idea about this sport. Baz started beating Tom Sykes before he left WSB...
  • Matty745 18 May, 2017 16:20:06
    Nitromike37: Swap him with Redding - But give him Petrucci's Factory bike.

    exactly what i tought of..

    as far as i know Redding is being contracted straight to Ducati n not to Pramac team like his team-mate, so considering Redding have no bright future whatsoever in MotoGP i think it's for everybody's best to switch him with Davies in WSBK..

    Both Pramac riders are contracted directly to Ducati this year, not just Scott.. Danilo was contracted to Pramac only in his first season with them 2 years ago.. Are we going to start again with all this nonsense talk about who has bright future in the class or not? Would not be better if we all just wait and see? Last thing I heard about Davies/MotoGP is that there is a chance with Avintia opening, especially with Barbera having a really poor start of the season..
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