GIUGLIANO BURIES HIS AUSSIE DEMONS
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