Davide Giugliano continued to further his reputation as a burgeoning World Superbike Championship star with a composed run to the podium at Misano.
The Italian, who has stepped up to Superbike machinery this year after dominating the 2011 FIM Superstock 1000 Championship, has shown flashes of brilliance in his maiden season aboard the Althea Ducati.
Qualifying as the top Ducati rider on home soil in fourth place, Giugliano never strayed from the lead pack in race one and would even assume the lead of a WSBK race for the first time with seven laps remaining.
Though the charging Max Biaggi
and Carlos Checa
would eventually come past him in the closing stages, Giugliano was still thrilled to record a second podium finish of the season, this time without the assistance of rain.
“I'm really happy with how race one went,” he said. “We're gaining experience race after race and I'm trying to put everything that the team and Ducati has given me to good use. I knew that the last phase of the race would be more difficult and I was right; I started to have grip issues and got a little nervous when I saw Carlos and Max right behind me! I'm really happy with the result, and the fact that it comes here at Misano.”
The youngster looked to be on course for a second rostrum of the day in race two, but for a crash into the final corner on lap six to eliminate him from the running, an error he was naturally disappointed with.
“On the other hand, I'm really sorry about what happened in the second race. I was lapping very fast and doing all I could to stick with the leading group. Perhaps I pushed a little too hard and it was game over. I apologise to my team, that has worked so hard for me this weekend, to the fans and I'm also sorry for how Carlos' race came to an end.”