Davide Giugliano is at risk of missing the opening round of the 2015 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island after a pre-season testing crash left him with a fractured vertebrae.

The Italian, who has been one of the pace setters on the Aruba.it Ducati Panigale R in the run up to the opening event, suffered a nasty fall at turn 11 similar to Suzuki rider Randy de Puniet.

Taken to the local hospital, a CAT scan revealed fractures to the L1 and L2 vertebrae in the lumbar region of his back. Though not serious injuries, the proximity to the opening round this weekend puts the Italian in doubt for racing in Australia, much to his disappointment.

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"I'm very upset about the crash because things had been going very well," Giugliano said. "I had good feeling with the bike by the end of session one and I was able to lap with consistently fast times.

"It was a bad fall and this evening's CAT has unfortunately revealed two tiny fractures, so I'm really worried that this might compromise my first races of the 2015 season."

A final decision on his participation will be taken in due course.