WSBK Phillip Island: Ducati has arrived, says Giugliano

Davide Giugliano is confident his competitive run to fourth place in both WSBK race at Phillip Island is a sign of things to come for Ducati.
Davide Giugliano believes his and Ducati's performance in the 2014 World Superbike Championship opener at Phillip Island is a sure sign that the manufacturer is destined competitive again this season.

Giugliano challenged for the podium in both races at Phillip Island in what was certainly the most competitive race showing for a Ducati 1199 Panigale since its race debut in 2013.

Though tyre issues in race one prevented him from securing what would have been the bike's first dry weather podium, Giugliano's eventual brace of fourth positions not only represents a strong start to the season for the former Superstock champion, but leads him to believe that the bike is a strong contender as well.

“In race one I was quite relaxed. I managed to lap fast by only riding at about 70%, saving that extra 30% for the end of the race but unfortunately the grip became an issue maybe five or six from the end. In the second race, I immediately realised that conditions were warmer than the first and so I tried to limit the damage by holding back a little.

“Then later I started to push and was catching those ahead of me – I think I could have battled for the podium if the race had gone full distance but unfortunately they stopped the race after 14 laps. Anyway, overall it's been a great weekend.

“We've shown that, as far as the chassis and my riding is concerned, that we've arrived. We were consistently fast throughout the weekend and this gives us confidence for the next races. The results are very encouraging for me, for the team and for Ducati.”

Giugliano's two fourth place finishes represents the best race day results for the 1199 Panigale since its debut. Ayrton Badovini's third place in the wet in Russia remains the bike's best single results

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February 24, 2014 12:48 PM

Checa was on pole last year with the Panigale, Philip Island flatters bike with less power. Will have to see what they can do elsewhere before hanging out the banners.


February 25, 2014 3:50 PM

Ducati's bread and butter has for years been WSBK. They will make the Panigale work. This is only the second year they have been using this platform and the bike is radically different than it's predecessor. They'll get it right and IMHO before they get the GP14 or GP15 or W/E right. Check out the relic of a Suzook the Cresent boys are running. Or even the current R1. It's all about the development cycle.

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