BSB: Da­vide Gi­ugliano snubs WSB for BSB

Gi­ugliano turned down WSB of­fers to join bat­tle of Bri­tain on a BMW

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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

com­pe­ti­tion Gi­ugliano’s team-mate Chris­tian Id­don will pro­vide the Ital­ian with stiff Gi­ugliano has dou­bled his cylin­der count for 2017


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