Davide Giugliano says he heads into the final round of a frustrating 2014 World Superbike Championship season in Qatar looking to end his year on a high note after a series of disappointing results.
The Italian has shown impressive flashes of speed throughout his first year on the Ducati 1199 Panigale, particularly during qualifying, but has let himself down with a series of crashes in racing conditions.
Indeed, having fallen from strong positions in Magny-Cours (twice), Jerez, Laguna Seca, Donington Park, Jerez and Assen in 2014, a distraught Giugliano admitted after the French event that he doesn't understand why he is crashing so often
Nonetheless, the Italian – who will remain with Ducati for the 2015 season – is optimistic he can at least end his year on a strong note.
“It's definitely a great track but I have only raced there once, in 2007, and so I don't remember it in enormous detail. But it's going to be a unique experience to race there at night, and I can't wait to get back to work after the three week break. I head there, as usual, with the intention of giving it my all.
“The final part of the season hasn't exactly gone as we expected it to and we haven't been able to collect the kind of results that we'd hoped for.
“Having said that, we have been able to constantly improve our performance during practice and qualifying each weekend and so we have some solid experience to put into use this weekend – I hope these final two races can bring us some satisfaction.”