Ducati test rider Lorenzo Zanetti put in another 74-laps on the WorldSBK spec’ V4 Ducati Panigale R overnight alongside an official WSBK test session at Jerez.
The 30-year-old Italian had covered 64-laps on Tuesday, which added to the 74 overnight meant that the Ducati Panigale V4 R race machine clocked up 611km of valuable test time around the 4.428km Circuito de Jerez.
Zanetti clocked a best of 1m41.655 on Tuesday before lowering that benchmark to 1m41.226 on Wednesday.
The fastest time of the day was recorded by Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes on qualifying tyres but on race rubber it currently seem that the V4 Ducati is just over a second off being fully competitive in race trim.
For further reference, the Factory V-Twin Ducati Panigale R machine of Marco Melandri stopped the watches with a best of 1m39.754.
Team manager Serafino Foti has not ruled out racing the Panigale V4 late in the 2018 WorldSBK season.
“There is a lot of work to do but if by the middle of the season the bike is ready, then we can perhaps test with Chaz and Marco, although the goal is to have it ready by February 2019.”
WorldSBK season 2018 kicks off Friday morning (Feb 23), with the season’s unveil debuting new rider line ups and liveries in their first international practice sessions for the year.
Saturday and Sunday (Feb 24 & 25) are packed from sun up to sun down with qualifying and racing, with world superbikes racing on both days.
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