Davide Giugliano has become the latest rider to notch up a World Superbike Championship podium after a marvellous ride in the treacherous conditions at Assen was rewarded with a second place finish.
The Italian hadn't looked destined podium challenge after qualifying down in 19th position, but Giugliano's race pace was impressive enough to get himself into the top ten, even before it was halted due to the rainy weather.
With a better grid slot from which to begin a charge over the nine lap sprint, Giugliano settled into the tricky conditions remarkably well and quickly established himself amongst the lead pack as he diced with more experienced rivals, including his Althea Ducati team-mate Carlos Checa.
When Sylvain Giugliano burst to the front in the wake of Ayrton Badovini's fall from the front, Giugliano found himself up to second position and chasing the new race leader with just two laps to go.
Choosing not to push Guintoli in favour of clinging onto a podium finish, Giugliano still had the audacity to retaliate Checa's last corner overtake by switching back up the inside and grabbing second on the run to the finish line.
“I'm very happy with how race one went of course as I didn't really expect it today, after a very difficult weekend that has been conditioned by the weather from start to finish,” Giugliano, who went on to finish ninth in race two. “It wasn't easy of course and the bike was sliding around a lot even on the straight. Of course the conditions meant it was far from a relaxing race but, having said that, I felt fairly comfortable in the total wet after the restart.
“I had to fight against Carlos towards the end and that wasn't easy, as I was worried that I would make a mistake that might affect Carlos' race too but thankfully it all went well. I was able to take some good points in the second race also, and thanks to today's results I've significantly improved my position in the overall standings so I go home very happy.”
Giugliano's breakthrough results have seen him leap from 17th to tenth in the overall standings, while his and Checa's race one performances mark the first time Althea Racing has had two of its machines on the podium in World Superbikes.