BSB: Davide Giugliano snubs WSB for BSB
Giugliano turned down WSB offers to join battle of Britain on a BMW
Davide Giugliano turned down WSB offers to launch an aggressive attack on the MCE British Superbike Championship next year.
The talented Italian had options to race on the world stage with IODA Aprilia and Pedercini Kawasaki, but decided to pack his bags and head to the UK to join Tyco BMW in a bold bid to lift the prestigious title.
Giugliano isn’t the first rider to choose BSB over WSB, nor will he be the last, but the move further signifies a growing attitude among world-class racers that they simply aren’t willing to settle for machinery that won’t be able to compete with the might of the factory Kawasaki and Ducati teams on the world stage.
“For me, it was a simple decision,” Giugliano said to MCN. “I had two strong proposals to stay in World Superbikes, but I wanted an opportunity to win. It is not possible to win in WSB unless you are with a big team, you could even say just Ducati or Kawasaki. I don’t want to go racing when I can’t even try to win, what would be the point?”
With 14 podiums, five poles and eight fastest laps from just four years in WSB, there is no doubting Giugliano’s speed, but there is one thing that held the Italian back in his career on the world stage – his ability to destroy motorcycles and hurt himself.
There was never such thing as a small crash for the Italian, who missed more races than he started in 2015 with a se- rious back injury, but as the old adage goes, ‘you can’t make a slow rider fast but you can stop a fast rider crashing.’
“I had some crashes and was injured a lot in WSB so I did not get to fight at the front as much as I wanted, and unfortunately I never won a race,” he said. “However, my riding style and the Ducati sometimes did not work and this is another thing that made me look to BSB, for a fresh, new start. I have never ridden the BMW before, in fact I have never ridden an inline four before in the Superbike class so this is something I’m looking forward to as I think it will be good for my style as I like to brake hard and then get on the gas.”
While he accepts the challenge of racing at circuits like Oulton, Cadwell and Knockhill is a daunting prospect, having watched former fellow WSB star Leon Haslam fight for the championship with an aggressive style not too different to his own, he is hopeful he’ll gel with the quirky British tracks.
“The circuits are very different and they do look difficult,” he said. “But for me, it doesn’t matter. It might be hard but it will also be fun and that is what is important for me. Racing is about hard work, if I put in the hard work it shouldn’t matter where I am racing, I should be able to be quick.”
‘It is not possible to win in WSB unless you are with a big team’ DAVIDE GIUGLIANO