Davide Giugliano says he is still under strength physically and is only at 70% after putting his Aruba.it Ducati third on the grid for the British round of the 2015 World Superbike championship.
The Italian made his much-anticipated comeback from injury last time out at Imola after missing the opening four rounds with a back injury in a crash at the final pre-season test at Phillip Island in February.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a positive return, taking pole position at his home event to convert it into third and fourth place finishes.
Giugliano has maintained his impressive comeback despite being hampered by injury after putting his Panigale R machine P3 on the grid at Donington.
“Starting on the front row here is really important, especially at Donington, because here it is key to have a set up where you can be fast in all the different parts of the track,” Giugliano said. “I'm not quite at 100%, more 70%, after such a long break out injured. It is not so easy to get straight back on it, especially at such a high level of competition.”
Giugliano has never finished on the World Superbike rostrum around the Leicestershire circuit and that is his primary goal for tomorrow's races.
“A good result this weekend at Donington would be a podium,” he confirmed. “That is not easy at all here with such a strong British contingent. In addition to that we've seen on the times that everyone is very close but despite that I will still be fighting for the podiums.”