Ducati is celebrating only its second World Superbike Championship podium since the end of the 2012 season after Davide Giugliano turned around a disastrous start to the day to finish third in a wet second race.

Having made evident strides with the 1199 Panigale during the opening rounds, hopes were high that Giugliano especially could contend for the podium at Assen, particularly after hhis rousing performance in Friday practice.

However, his hopes of getting on terms in the dry first race ended quickly when he crashed on the opening lap, forcing him to focus his attentions on a what would turn out to be a treacherous second race.

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Nonetheless, Giugliano would pick his way through the order to catch and pass Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes ahead, crossing the line third to record a 'needed' podium for the Italian firm.

"A very difficult race day. I could have done really well in the dry, we'd been fast all weekend but unfortunately the crash in race one conditioned things somewhat, also physically-speaking.

"Then the rain conditioned race two. It was difficult to maintain concentration after all that had happened and after the delay but in the end it all worked out well. We needed a podium, it was important for the team, for the sponsors, for the fans - it's good for morale. Now we head to Imola, one of my favourite tracks, where I think we can do well."

The second podium for the 1199 Panigale since its introduction to WSBK at the start of 2013, the first feat was achieved in similar conditions by Ayrton Badovini at the Moscow Raceway.