|Álvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) arrive in California for the US Round of the Superbike World Championship at the Laguna Seca circuit|
|Just a few days after the UK’s Superbike World round at Donington Park on Sunday, the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team is on the move once again, this time for the ninth round of the championship, which will take place this weekend in the USA, at the spectacular Laguna Seca circuit in California.
After heading the table since the start of the season, at Donington the Spanish rider lost the top slot to his Kawasaki rival, Jonathan Rea, and now he is forced to chase the four-time world champion from Northern Ireland in the battle for the title. Bautista has raced four times at the challenging Monterey peninsula circuit in the MotoGP category, the last time in 2013 when he finished in fourth place, but this weekend he will tackle Laguna Seca for the first time on board a Superbike.
Instead his team-mate Chaz Davies, who during the weekend in California will notch up his 200th championship start in the production-based series, can consider himself to be a ‘veteran’ of Laguna Seca; the Welsh rider in fact has taken part in eleven races there, winning three and finishing runner-up three times.
World Superbike returns to action at a track where, out of 32 races held so far, Ducati riders have won a total of 13 times, the last occasion in 2017 with Davies. On just two occasions (in 2001 with Ben Bostrom and in 2015 with Davies) Ducati has scored a double win.
The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will be out on track on Friday at 10:30 local time (19:30 CET) for the first free practice session, while the weekend schedule sees Race 1 take place at 14:00 (23:00 CET) on Saturday, the Superpole Race at 11:00 (20:00 CET) on Sunday, followed by Race 2 at 23:00 (15:00 CET).
Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #19) – 2nd (352 points)
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7) – 8th (130 points)
The Laguna Seca circuit
Circuit Record: Sykes (Kawasaki), 1’21.811 (158.85 km/h) – 2014
World Superbike: Alvaro Bautista Says Laguna Seca May Not Be The Best Track For His Ducati
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