Davide Giugliano is feeling confident for 2014 following a series of encouraging tests on the Ducati 1199 Panigale.
Giugliano, who is joined in the Ducati Superbike Team by Chaz Davies, first rode the 1199 Panigale two years ago when the machine was in its development stage.
And following the pots-season tests at Aragon and Jerez in Spain, the 24-year-old has been happy with his progress prior to the winter ban, which commenced last weekend.
“The test went really well. We are working hard and we are eager to do more,” he told the official World Superbike website.
“We tried different strategies and new parts, we focused a lot on the electronics and the overall feeling with the bike.
“We did a lot of laps and gathered a lot of data, the synergy with my track engineer Luca Ferraccioli and my electronics technician Luca Minelli - who are the two confirmed on my side of the garage - is already excellent, as well as with every other team member. We found a good base for the bike to build on.
“We were quite competitive at Jerez but also at Aragon, where Chaz especially proved we can be very fast,” added Giugliano, who finished sixth in the standings this season for Aprilia.
“I reckon we can do well and I'm sure Ducati and Feel Racing will put the data gathered to good use during the winter. I can't wait to get back on track and to see where we're at once the testing ban will draw to a close.”
Following Ducati's split with Alstare, former factory BMW outfit Feel Racing was announced as Ducati's new WSBK partners for 2014.