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Giugliano gets a tow to the top

"I have to say that Carlos also gave Davide an involuntary hand in making that fast lap but the performance was nevertheless strong" - Genesio Bevilacqua.
New Althea Ducati rider Davide Giugliano caused a surprise in first World Superbike qualifying at Phillip Island on Friday - with a little help from team-mate and world champion Carlos Checa.

Just 16th in morning practice, Giugliano vaulted to third place in first qualifying for the Australian season-opener - ahead of Checa and just 0.259sec from pace setter Jonathan Rea (Honda).

But Giugliano's best time was aided by an 'involuntary' tow from Checa and, following the confidence boost, the young Italian admits he now needs to run that pace alone.

"I had Carlos' help in putting together those fast laps and it looks like we have the potential to be fast," said the Superstock 1000 champion.

"Now I just need to go out and find consistency on my own, which is difficult as I don't yet have all the references. Anyway, we've worked hard and we'll see what happens tomorrow but today we leave the track very happy."

Althea Racing general manager Genesio Bevilacqua believes the time Giugliano gained wasn't all down to Checa.

“Today we identified a better setting with Davide after carrying out some final tests this morning but the key was selecting the most suitable tyre for him – this allowed Davide to put in a fantastic time that puts him in third place for now,” he said.

“I have to say that Carlos also gave him an involuntary hand in making that fast lap but the performance was nevertheless strong.”

Checa was fastest in morning practice, then fourth in QP1 after a fall.



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Beat The Fockers... - Unregistered

February 24, 2012 9:53 AM

One to watch for the future, he's had a season of strong results with the same team in Superstock and won the championship. Same team, same tracks and Carlos for a team mate - could be the wingman Fabrizio and Lanzi occasionally threatened to be but never did become... Good luck mate your in my MCN Team now as well - all the best for 2012

nodding donkey - Unregistered

February 24, 2012 3:58 PM

This kid looks to have the minerals and he's very well thought of at Ducati where he was involved testing the Panigale. #34 brings back fond memories for older fans..let's hope he can ride with the same bravery and flair that KS did and do the number justice.



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