Davide Giugliano has described his run to the front row for the opening round of the 2014 World Superbike season at Phillip Island as 'an important result' as he spearheads Ducati's apparent return to form.
The Italian marque comes into 2014 eager to put a dismal first season with the 1199 Panigale behind it, but after an overhaul of riders and behind-the-scenes staff over the winter, early signs in pre-season testing have indicated that Ducati could be rediscovering its form.
Giugliano went on to provide further evidence of this revival by qualifying second on the grid thanks to two excellent laps in SP2, both on the race tyre and the qualifying tyre.
Ducati's excellent record at Phillip Island notwithstanding – even with the underperforming Panigale -, Giugliano is delighted to be up at the front again.
“I'm really pleased with the work I've completed with my team over the last two days,” he said. “Up until now we've had a good pace but we need to see what track conditions are like tomorrow and then see what we can do. We're very pleased to be able to start from the front row tomorrow and second place is an important result for us.
“I hope to be able to make a solid start – the start is one of my strengths usually. I'm also happy with having made a 1'30.2 with the race tyre, it was a nice surprise when I saw that time appear on my dashboard. I'm feeling confident for tomorrow, and I'll be fighting hard to be part of the leading group.”