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Du­cati have worked hard to turn Da­vide Gi­ugliano into a con­sis­tent finisher and not just a one-lap won­der. With a fourth in race one, just 0.647s be­hind the win­ner, and a third in race two, just 1.4s back, it looks to have worked – and all at a track where he frac­tured ver­te­brae at in test­ing last year.

New crew chief Aligi De­ganello has men­tored many top Ital­ian rid­ers and his work with Gi­ugliano to build a race-long strat­egy had in­stant re­sults.

He threw in some swash­buck­ling over­takes on his team-mate Chaz Davies, Tom Sykes and any­one else who got in his way.

He had a bet­ter race one than race two, de­spite the podium re­sult com­ing on Sun­day.

“It’s been an awe­some race one, both for us and the fans,” said Gi­ugliano about a nine-rider fight at the front for much of the 22 laps. “This track was as­so­ci­ated with bad mem­o­ries for me, given that I had a hor­ri­ble in­jury here dur­ing the pre-sea­son tests one year ago. To­gether with the team, I worked hard to find a set-up that al­lows me to be con­sis­tent for the whole race dis­tance, and to set the fastest lap at the end rep­re­sents a pos­i­tive con­fir­ma­tion.”

Af­ter race two he earned enough points to go third over­all in the rank­ings on 29 points – be­hind Rea on 50, and Mark van der Mark on 36.

“I strug­gled a bit more with the heat, which made us lose some grip,” he stated. “I was ex­pect­ing it, and there­fore kept some mar­gin for the fi­nal laps, but touch­ing with Sykes made me lose ground. This podium stems from hard team­work, and I think the crew con­trib­uted to 60 per­cent of it while I did the rest.”

‘ This track was as­so­ci­ated with bad mem­o­ries for me, given that I had a bad in­jury here’ DA­VIDE GI­UGLIANO

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