Davide Giugliano has explained his costly crash in the first World Superbike Championship race at Donington Park was caused by him getting his glove caught on the throttle, thus preventing him from slowing down through the Esses.

Giugliano, who started on pole position for both races, seemed on course for at least a podium in the first race of the day as he tussled with Loris Baz and Alex Lowes for the lead, but his race would end with a crash on lap 14 through the Esses.

Perplexed by the circumstances of the accident, Giugliano reveals he took the corner too tightly, thus causing him to touch the kerb and get his glove caught on the throttle. When the bike didn't slow, he lost the front-end, sliding out of the race.

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"I don't really know how to explain that crash. I was too far over on the inside heading into the turn and when the bike touched the kerb my glove got caught on the throttle. The bike therefore didn't slow down and I just lost control of it.

Determined to fight back in race two, Giugliano got away well only to be baulked on the opening lap at the hairpin, a sit up that would see him drop down the order. Despite quickly fighting his way back up to fourth place, Giugliano would ultimately run out of time to get onto the podium.

"The crash in race one meant that I really wanted to do well in the second. In race 2, the first laps were difficult and during lap one, to avoid contact with another rider, I lost many positions. I then went after those ahead of me and I'd almost reached Guintoli for third but perhaps in the recovery I'd asked too much of my tyres and so I had to settle for final fourth position."