Davide Giugliano had another costly crash to blame for him being unable to turn in a podium finish at Laguna Seca as Ducati failed to capitalise on its pace around the American circuit.
With the Italian manufacturer's challenge depleted just two laps into the first race when Chaz Davies came down in an accident that subsequently ruled him out of race two, it was up to Giugliano to fly the flag for Ducati instead.
Faring best in race one, Giugliano defied intermittent brake issues to hold onto a fourth place finish from Toni Elias, but he stood to go better in race two as two restart periods allowed him to make the adjustments he needed to turn the 1199 Panigale into a potential race winning machine.
Running third but closing on the leaders, Giugliano appeared poised when he clipped the inside kerb at the Corkscrew and was sent tumbling down. The crash aside, Giugliano was fortunate his bike wasn't collected when it slid back onto the circuit in front of the chasing pack.
Frustrated to see a potential win go to waste following similar crashes from strong positions at Assen and Donington Park, Giugliano was nonetheless taking the positives from his pace.
“Race one went quite well but unfortunately I wasn't able to keep pace with the guys ahead of me. We had a small problem during braking, and I made a lot of mistakes because I didn't have the right feeling when braking and this meant that I was going long in certain places. I lost some time because of this but final fourth place was not bad.
“We were lucky that race two was stopped for the first time as we were having problems with the rear tyre that wasn't giving me the usual level of grip. After the second restart I was catching up fast – I was the fastest guy on track and knew I had a chance to win.
“I reached Sylvain [Guintoli], and wanted to attack him through the Corkscrew but, to avoid contact with him mid-corner I had to go right over on the inside, touching the kerb which caused me to crash. A real pity, I thought we'd be able to do a lot more.”