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Giugliano and Team Althea score a front row start at Istanbul!


The second day of qualifying taking place today at Intercity Istanbul Park got underway on a wet track due to rain overnight. In the second qualifying session, team Althea Racing and rider Davide Giugliano preferred, as did most of the riders, not to go out on track, making one lap at most just to check conditions. The team used the time to practice a tyre change in pit lane. For second free practice the track was still damp and Giugliano only completed five laps, not wanting to risk a crash that could compromise the subsequent Superpole. With a lap time of 2’17”514, the Althea rider closed in tenth position. In Superpole Davide confirmed the progress already made yesterday in first practice. Having finished phase one in sixth place (1’57”076), the Althea rider improved significantly in the second phase and with a time of 1’55”413 he qualified in second position for the third and final session. Using the final qualifying tyre, Giugliano stopped the clock on 1’55”073, concluding in third position behind Sykes and Guintoli and earning a position on the front row for tomorrow’s two 18-lap races. 

Davide Giugliano: “I’m really pleased. We’ve worked well and have been rewarded with a result that’s in line with the effort put in by me and my team this weekend. I always give it my all and try to achieve the best possible result. Sometimes this is possible, other time we have more trouble. I expect two difficult races tomorrow, but I will face them calmly and with determination.”

Genesio Bevilacqua: “A great result for our rider on a track that is brand new for him and where he is up against some expert riders who have already raced here in MotoGP. I’m very pleased with the constant progress that Davide is making; together with his team he has been able to work hard, adopting strategies that have allowed him to achieve this solid result. We’re pleased to be on the front row and are confident ahead of tomorrow. We expect some good results that will reward the work of both the rider and the team.”

Second qualifying session:
1) Guintoli (Aprilia)
2) Melandri (BMW)
3) Laverty (Aprilia)
4) Sykes (Kawasaki)
5) Elias (Aprilia)
6) Cluzel (Suzuki)
7) Davies (BMW)
8) Giugliano (Aprilia)

Second free practice session:
1) Guintoli (Aprilia)
2) Cluzel (Suzuki)
3) Fabrizio (Honda) 
4) Laverty (Aprilia) 
5) Ercelik (BW) 
6) Haslam (Honda)
10) Giugliano (Aprilia)

Superpole :
1) Sykes (Kawasaki)
2) Guintoli (Aprilia)
3) Gugliano (Aprilia)
4) Laverty (Aprilia)
5) Elias (Aprilia)
6) Cluzel (Suzuki)
7) Melandri (BMW)
8) Davies (BMW)
9) Haslam (Honda)

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