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24 August 2018

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team successfully concludes a two-day collective test at Portimão

Ahead of its return to the track next month, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team concluded a two-day collective test at Autodromo do Algarve in Portimão (Portugal). With some chassis and setup upgrades to evaluate, as well as several new tyre options brought by Pirelli, Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri took advantage of the time on track to also prepare the upcoming race on the Portuguese track, scheduled for September 14-16.

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8 July 2018

Melandri (3rd) takes another podium for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team in Race 2 at Misano, fourth position for Davies

After clinching second position with Chaz Davies in Race 1, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team collected another podium in front of its home fans at Misano thanks to Marco Melandri's third place in Race 2. The Italian got off to a strong start from fourth position and stayed within the leading group, engaging a spectacular battle with his teammate Davies and then Rea.

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7 July 2018

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team on the podium in Race 1 at Misano in front of its fans with Davies (2nd), Melandri 7th

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team took yet another podium in Race 1 at Misano, home of the ninth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship, thanks to a superb comeback mounted by Chaz Davies to clinch second place. The Welshman, seventh in Superpole, immediately took fourth position with a blistering start off the blocks

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6 July 2018

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team back to work at Misano for the second home round: Melandri 7th and Davies 9th in free-practice

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team resumed action today at Misano, home of the ninth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship and second "home race" after Imola, for the opening free-practice sessions. In a day characterized by mixed weather, with a sunny sky in the morning and intermittent rain in the afternoon...

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4 July 2018

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team ready to battle on home soil at Misano for Round 09

After claiming two podiums overseas at Laguna Seca (United States), the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team is ready to resume action in front of its fans at Misano (Italy), home of the ninth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship and second "home round" after Imola.

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25 June 2018

Davies (2nd) clinches yet another podium in Race 2 at Laguna Seca, Melandri forced to retire after a crash

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team stepped on the podium once again in Race 2 at Laguna Seca (United States), home of the eighth round of the WorldSBK Championship, with yet another second-place finish by Chaz Davies. The Welshman started strong from third row, immediately recovering positions.

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24 June 2018

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team on the podium in Race 1 at Laguna Seca with Davies (2nd), strong comeback for Melandri (5th)

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team stepped back on the podium at Laguna Seca (United States), home of the eighth round of the WorldSBK Championship, thanks to a brilliant second-place finish by Chaz Davies.

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23 June 2018

Solid start for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team at Laguna Seca: Melandri 2nd and Davies 6th in Friday's free-practice

he Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team enjoyed a positive start to the eighth round of the WorldSBK Championship at Laguna Seca (United States), finishing Friday's free-practice sessions with Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies in second and sixth position respectively.
 

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10 June 2018

Davies third in Race 2 at Brno with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team, Melandri finishes in 15th position

After Marco Melandri's second place in Race 1, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team took another the podium in Race 2 at Brno (Czech Republic) with Chaz Davies, who finished third.

The Welshman made a clear step forward since yesterday getting off to a strong start from second row, and quickly pulled away from the second group to defend his position until the checkered flag.

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9 June 2018

Second place for Melandri in Race 1 at Brno with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team, Davies 8th

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team stepped back on the podium in Race 1 at Brno (Czech Republic), home of Round 7 of the WorldSBK Championship, thanks to Marco Melandri's second-place finish.

The Italian, third in Superpole, had the lead within his sight before the race was red-flagged due to a crash by Michael Ruben Rinaldi (who then was able to restart) at turn 5, which damaged the air fences. At the second start, Melandri once again tried to hunt down Rea but some grip issues prompted him to settle for second place.

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8 June 2018

Melandri 3rd and Davies 6th in Friday's free-practice at Brno with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team resumed action today at Brno (Czech Republic) for Round 7 of the WorldSBK Championship, taking it to the track for three free-practice sessions. Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies, who tested at the circuit about a month ago, found wet conditions in the morning and then were able to focus on their dry setup in FP2 and FP3, closing in third and sixth position respectively, not far from the top both in terms of a single lap and overall pace.

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5 June 2018

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team headed to Brno as the WorldSBK Championship reaches its halfway point

With six rounds in the books and seven more to go, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team is ready to resume action at Brno for Round 7 of the WorldSBK Championship, which is reaching its halfway point. The team heads to the Czech track, which returns to the WorldSBK calendar after a five-year absence, to attack and both Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri are as determined as ever to achieve prestigious results and collect important points in both the Riders and Constructors championships.

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27 May 2018

Davies mounts a strong comeback to finish 5th in Race 2 at Donington with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team, Melandri 11th

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team, in action at Donington (United Kingdom) for the sixth round of the WorldSBK Championship, finished Race 2 with Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri in 5th and 11th position respectively. The Welshman and the Italian, starting from second and fourth row respectively, fought as hard as ever.

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26 May 2018

Davies 8th in Race 1 at Donington with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team, Melandri 22nd after a crash

Race 1 of the sixth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship, held at Donington (United Kingdom), turned out to be more difficult than expected for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team. Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri fought gallantly but struggled since a difficult Superpole, finished in third and fourth row respectively, which didn't allow them to mount an attack to the podium.

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25 May 2018

Melandri 10th and Davies 16th in Friday's free-practice at Donington with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team took it back to the track at Donington (United Kingdom) for the sixth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship. After three free-practice sessions, held in autumnal weather conditions – with just above 10 degrees in the air, cloudy skies and heavy rain until early afternoon – Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies posted the 10th and 16th provisional time respectively.

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14 May 2018

Davies 2nd in Race 2 at Imola, Melandri forced to retire due to a contact

After taking third place with Melandri in Race 1, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team took another podium at Imola (Italy) with Chaz Davies.
The Welshman, who started from pole position after finishing Race 1 in fourth position, led the race for 10 laps while pulling away with Rea to finish second

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14 May 2018

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team on the podium at Imola with Melandri (3rd), Davies 4th after a strong comeback

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team took yet another podium at Imola (Italy), home of the fifth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship, with Marco Melandri 3rd in Race 1. The Italian, fourth during Superpole, got off to a strong start and fought in the chasing group early on, then pulled away thanks to a progressively better pace, taking his fourth podium of the year.

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12 May 2018

Strong start for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team at Imola: Davies 1st and Melandri 3rd in Friday's free-practice sessions

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team enjoyed a strong start at Imola (Italy), home of the fifth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship and the squad's "home race", as Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri posted the first and third time respectively.

Both riders finished each session in the top three, and the Welshman was able to mount one final attack on used tires to post a 1:46.686, with the Italian only 0.440 seconds behind.
 

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12 May 2018

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team ready for the home round at Imola

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team is ready to resume competition at Imola (Italy), which this weekend will host the fifth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship, a "home race" for the squad given its proximity with Borgo Panigale's headquarters as well as the massive presence of Ducati fans.

The track titled to Enzo and Dino Ferrari triggers many a good memories for the team, which took two doubles in the past couple of seasons with Chaz Davies...

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27 April 2018

Il team Aruba.it Racing - Ducati conclude due giorni di prove sul circuito di Brno The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team concludes a two-day private test at Brno

After two consecutive rounds with the WorldSBK Championship, at Aragon (Spain) and Assen (Netherlands) respectively, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team paid a visit to the Brno Circuit (Czech Republic) for a two-day private test.

With some chassis and electronics upgrades, Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri took advantage of the time on track

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22 April 2018

Davies 5th and Melandri 7th in Race 2 at Assen with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team

After taking a podium in Race 1 with Chaz Davies (3rd), the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team resumed competition today at Assen (Netherlands), home of the fourth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship, scoring a fifth and seventh place with Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri respectively in Race 2. Both riders faced a difficult task after briefly going off the track in the early-laps pandemonium.

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21 April 2018

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team on the podium in Race 1 at Assen with Davies (3rd), 6th place for Melandri

After a positive start in free-practice, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team took it back to the track today at Assen (Netherlands) and clinched yet another podium with Chaz Davies, third in Race 1. The Welshman got off to a strong start from third row, passing several riders to get within the top three half-way through the race and cross the finish line in third position, just one second behind the winner.

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20 April 2018

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team ready to fight: Melandri 2nd and Davies 8th in Friday's free-practice sessions at Assen

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team resumed action today at Assen (Netherlands) for the fourth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship. In Friday's free-practice sessions, Marco Melandri made a solid start posting the second-best time with a 1:35.399, only 0.243 behind the provisional leader, thereby laying a solid base for Superpole and Race 1.

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17 April 2018

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team ready for the action at Assen, home of the fourth round of the WorldSBK championship

After taking a brilliant win and two more podiums at Aragon (Spain) last weekend, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team is ready to take it back to the track at Assen (Netherlands) for the fourth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship.
Both Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri are keen to take home their first win on the historic TT Circuit, where they both already stepped on the podium with the Panigale R, the Welshman four times and the Italian once.

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15 April 2018

Stunning win by Chaz Davies in Race 2 at Aragon with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team, Marco Melandri 3rd and back on the podium

After finishing on the podium with a 2nd place in Race 1, Chaz Davies took a stunning win in Race 2 at Aragon (Spain) with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team.
Marco Melandri also rode a solid race to finish 3rd after constantly fighting at the top . Starting from third row, Davies bided his time early on, then took the lead with five laps to go and never looked back, taking the 7th win of his career at Aragon and second of the season.

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14 April 2018

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team on the podium in Race 1 at Aragon with Chaz Davies (2nd), 4th place for Melandri

After a positive start to its campaign in Friday's free-practice, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team took yet another podium with Chaz Davies in Race 1 at Aragon (Spain), home of the third round of the 2018 WorldSBK championship.
The Welshman, who started from 11th position due to a crash during Superpole, showed his character by storming back through the field – twice, due to a restart – until he reached the leading group, then defended second position under the checkered flag.

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13 April 2018

Positive start for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team at Aragon: Melandri 1st and Davies 4th in Friday's free-practice sessions

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team resumed action at Aragon (Spain), which hosts the first European round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship after an overseas start in Australia and Thailand. On the track on the outskirts of Alcañiz, Marco Melandri posted the provisional best time in Friday's free-practice sessions with a 1:50.652.
The Italian, as most of the riders, registered his personal best during FP2 in dry track conditions, while FP1 and FP3 were characterized by intermittent rain and little track action.

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10 April 2018

Il Campionato Mondiale Superbike sbarca in Europa: il team Aruba.it Racing - Ducati ad Aragon per il terzo round

After taking three wins in the first two overseas rounds of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team is ready to kick off the "European season" with the Aragon (Spain) round, scheduled for April 13-15.

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25 March 2018

Superb victory by Davies in Race 2 at Buriram, Melandri 7th despite some issues

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team climbed back to the top step of the podium at Buriram (Thailand) with Chaz Davies, who sealed a brilliant win in Race 2 starting from third row.

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24 March 2018

Strong comeback for Davies, 3rd in Race 1 at Buriram; difficult race for Melandri, 8th

Race 1 of the second round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship, held at Buriram (Thailand), was characterized by opposite fates for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team. Chaz Davies sealed a fantastic third place coming back from ninth position on the grid, while Marco Melandri was forced to settle for 8th on the finish line due to issues in some sectors of the track.

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25 March 2018

Melandri and Davies finish Friday's practice sessions at Buriram in 4th and 5th position respectively but very close to the top

A month after the opening round in Australia, which resulted in a double win, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team resumed action at Buriram (Thailand) for the second round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship. Friday's free-practice sessions, which were held in more favorable weather conditions compared with the past - with about 30 degrees in the atmosphere - resulted in a close fight at the top of the time sheets, with five riders within a tenth of a second.

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25 February 2018

Stunning double by Melandri in Race 2 at Phillip Island; unlucky race for Davies, crashed out while in first position

After taking the opening race of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship yesterday, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team did the double at Phillip Island (Australia) with Marco Melandri. The race itself went down to the wire and was decided by only 0.021 seconds. It's Melandri's 22nd win in WorldSBK, which makes him the most successful Italian in the production-based series.

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24 February 2018

A day to remember for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team: Melandri wins Race 1 at Phillip Island, Davies is third

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team enjoyed a memorable performance at Phillip Island (Australia), home of the first round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship.
Marco Melandri took an extraordinary victory in Race 1, his second with Ducati and first on the Australian track, and Chaz Davies put together a strong comeback to finish in third position.

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22 February 2018

The 2018 Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team presented at Global Cloud Data Center in Ponte San Pietro

  • Continuity: fourth year of partnership between Aruba.it and Ducati; 24 wins, always in the top 3 in the championship
  • 2018-spec Panigale R features upgrades in terms of engine, electronics and chassis
  • End of an era: last year of competition with the Panigale R ahead of the Panigale V4 debut
After another successful season, which finished with 8 wins overall and the runner-up spot in the championship for Chaz Davies, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team is ready to take on a new challenge in the 2018 WorldSBK Championship.

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24 November 2017

Testing concludes at Jerez for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team concluded its track activities for 2017 with a three-day test at Jerez de la Frontera (Spain). Taking advantage of mild weather conditions, Marco Melandri clocked 208 laps to move forward with the development of the 2018-spec Panigale R, finishing with a personal best of 1:39.577.

Chaz Davies, on the other hand, was only able to test on the first day after being forced to interrupt his program ahead of schedule due to a crash that resulted in a right-knee ligament sprain coupled with a contusion.

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