Davide Giugliano says he has learned a great deal from his impressive – and unexpected – challenge for victory in the second World Superbike race of the weekend at Laguna Seca, even if he feels an error prevented him from claiming a maiden win.
In what has been something of a 'rollercoaster' second season in World Superbikes for the Althea Aprilia rider, Giugliano would put the indifferent results of the year firmly aside as he hauled himself up from sixth to second with some particularly robust passes on Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty.
Holding firm in second position, right behind Tom Sykes, Giugliano looked primed to launch an attack on the long-time leader as the race entered its final stages, but was caught napping by a close-following Laverty with four laps remaining.
Undeterred, Giugliano regained his composure to follow Laverty past Sykes with just over a lap to go before attempting to slip past his fellow Aprilia rider at the final corner.
Though he would ultimately just lose out in his attempt to snatch his first WSBK win, Giugliano was nonetheless thrilled to secure only his fourth podium at WSBK level.
“I'm so very happy! It was an amazing race and I battled first with Sykes and then with Laverty. I think we have done a great job here at Laguna, both me and my team. We have obtained a great result after a few disappointing results in previous races and so this is very satisfying. We have demonstrated that when everyone works well together and with the right mentality anything is possible.
I thank my entire team that has worked so hard this weekend and also my family and my girlfriend Claudia who is always here for me. Now we must continue like this. From now until the end of the season we hope to take more strong results.
“I thought it would be hard to be in the front but now I realise that I could have won this race. A mistake made out of inexperience and that will serve well on another occasion.”