Davide Giugliano made it a double celebration for Althea Ducati by wrapping up the FIM Superstock 1000 title at Magny-Cours, just hours before Carlos Checa sealed the World Superbike crown.
The Italian has been in charge of the stock series from the very first round, winning the season opener at Assen before following it up with victories at Misano, Motorland Aragon and the Nurburgring.
It means he had the luxury of racing for points in France to ensure he cannot be caught for the Portimao season finale, where the Italian is tipped to be rewarded for his efforts with a Superbike outing with the title-winning team.
“I don't know what to say. This has been a fanstastic season right from the start and I want to thank my whole team, and especially Genesio Bevilacqua for having given me this opportunity, and also Ducati for giving me such a high performing bike. Ducati has also won the manufacturer's title so it's like a double celebration.
“In the race, I made a great start but I have to admit I was pretty tense and couldn't ride as I wanted to. The other guys made a great race ahead of me but I, especially in the final laps, was so nervous. Maybe I could have pushed harder but I finished fifth and that was good enough - the title is ours. I'm so, so happy, what else can I say?!”
As well as a possible outing at the season finale on a Superbike, Genesio Bevilacqua has signalled his desire to have the Italian in the Althea team for the full 2012 season alongside Checa.