Ducati has announced Davide Giugliano will not compete for the remainder of the 2015 World Superbike Championship season after injuries sustained in a crash at Laguna Seca proved worse than originally feared.

The Italian, who missed the first four rounds of the 2015 season after injuring his back during pre-season testing at Phillip Island, fell heavily at the high-speed turn six left-hander during the second World Superbike race at Laguna Seca.

Though initial diagnosis in the USA revealed no apparent damage to the recently-healed area, further MRI and CAT checks in Italy have in fact revealed a fracture of the D3 vertebrae. As a result, doctors have estimated a three month recovery period for the Italian, which ruled him out for the final four rounds of the season.

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"I am of course extremely disappointed right now... Clearly 2015 was not my season. There is no point grieving over it anyway, that's that and the important thing is that once again the trauma will not result in any long-term damage. It will take a bit more time, but I hope to recover quickly and be back riding my Panigale soon."

Ducati will enter just a single bike for Chaz Davies at the upcoming Sepang World Superbike round, before test rider Michele Pirro competes at the following Jerez event.


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That's really a shame, but after the crash it did look too good to be true. Seeing it on youtube it really was a big one, hope he has a 100% fit 2016 season and that they find a good replacement alongside Pirro... maybe Hopkins?