Althea Racing team manager Genesio Bevilacqua has sung the praises of rider Davide Giugliano following qualifying for the penultimate round of the season at Magny-Cours, hailing him as having 'improved greatly'.

A prot?g? of Bevilacqua's following his run to the 2011 Superstock 1000 title and his subsequent graduation to the Superbike class aboard a Ducati in 2012, Giugliano has shown flashes of brilliance at times on the Aprilia RSV4 in 2013, notably his podium at Imola and his maiden pole position in Moscow.

However, inconsistencies in his form - including a run of mid-season results that would see him score just one point in four races - have also earned the wrath of Bevilacqua, the manager proving particularly vocal after a dismal Silverstone weekend.

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Since then, Giugliano has shown greater consistency, culminating in his eye-catching fight for victory at Laguna Seca last weekend. With a front row start at Magny-Cours awaiting the youngster now too, Bevilacqua is pleased to see his young rider maturing.

"I'm particularly pleased with the way Davide has been riding all weekend. Our rider has improved greatly; he is able to make the most out of both his riding style as well as our bike's potential. I'm happy with what Giugliano has done today because I'm convinced that he deserves to be up there with the frontrunners of this championship.

"Furthermore, results such as that of today consolidate our faith in our abilities. Compliments to my team that is in perfect harmony with Davide's growth and continues to work as hard as ever."

Giugliano's improved efforts come as speculation about 2014 gathers pace, with Althea Racing - WSBK champions with Carlos Checa in 2011 - linked to a possible factory-funded entry with MV Agusta for next season.