Ducati World Superbike rider Davide Giugliano compared two wheels to four in a sprint against an Audi R8 at the opening round of the Blancpain GT Series in Monza
What happens when you put a race-prepared Audi R8 GT3 against a Ducati World Superbike? One man who knows is Davide Giugliano, a factory rider for the Ducati aruba.it team on the Pirelli-equipped World Superbike Championship: a series that uses bikes and tyres based on production models to guarantee close racing all over the world.
In the same way, the Blancpain GT Series, which is another of the 300 or so championships supplied by Pirelli all over the world, also uses race versions of road-going supercars in close competition.
But who would win when you put the bike and the car together? It’s an argument that could go on for a long time. The bike accelerates faster, but the car stops and goes round corners quicker, thanks to wider tyres and downforce. Look at it this way: the contact patch between tyre and road on a race car is similar to that of an A4 sheet of paper, times four. On a racing bike, it’s smaller than a banknote, times two. So as to which vehicle is quicker – it simply depends on the circuit.
Monza hosted the latest round of the Blancpain GT Series, with a full grid of 57 cars – and one motorbike. Gugliano demonstrated his Ducati against a race-prepared Audi, with the bike comprehensively winning the drag race off the line at Monza’s start-finish straight.