Eugene looks ahead to pre-season testing
On January 23-24 at Jerez de la Frontera and on 27-28 at Portimao all the main WorldSBK teams will be testing for a first real comparison on the 2019 season – including Team Go Eleven with Eugene Laverty riding the new-born Ducati V4-R.
The work of these days is important because it will influence the first part of the championship; it will therefore be essential to find an ideal set-up and a perfect harmony between team, rider and bike.
It will not be easy because the bike is new for everyone and both Eugene and the team will have to adapt to the red of Borgo Panigale; but a rider of his caliber and his experience will certainly be able to provide the right information to fix each detail. Moreover, these tests will be crucial to understand the real potential of the new Ducati compared to the Kawasaki, ruler of the last years of the World Superbike.
The circuits of Jerez de la Frontera and Portimao are particularly suitable for the first seasonal tests; both because they are located in European areas almost always kissed by the sun and a rather mild climate, and because they will be part of the WorldSBK calendar. It will be essential to arrive on those tracks with two days of tests already carried out, where the rider will already know what to expect from the bike.
Denis Sacchetti (Team Manager):
“We really made a great effort to be able to participate in these very important tests for us; it will be our first riding with Ducati and with Eugene, we will discover together our strengths, but above all the weaknesses on which we should work in view of the opening race at Phillip Island, in about a month. It will not be crucial the lap time, we want to focus on the feeling between motorcycle and rider. The goal of Jerez is to find a configuration that allows Eugene to drive the V4R as he knows how, while in Portimao we will focus on the set up.”
Eugene Laverty (Rider):
“I’ve been counting down the days until my first ride on the new V4 Ducati and finally the day has arrived. I’m excited to try the bike for the first time but also to begin working with Team Go Eleven at the track. My aim is to understand the potential of the bike and that will allow me to set a clear objective for the season ahead.”