The Ducati team has confirmed it will be field an unchanged rider line-up for the 2016 World Superbike Championship season, with Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano entering into a third year together with the manufacturer.

In a year that has seen the Ducati 1199 Panigale R finally emerge as a regular front runner following an initially difficult development period, the Italian marque is already putting plans in place for 2016 by re-signing its riders.

The announcement comes as Davies begins the final three rounds of the 2015 season in the hunt for the runners-up spot, the Welshman having already picked up four wins this year at Aragon, Laguna Seca (double win) and Sepang. With continuity on his side, Davies says he is target is a title challenge for 2016.

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"I'm very happy to have put pen to paper for another year with Ducati and the Racing - Ducati Superbike Team. This year we've made progress race after race, obtaining some very strong results especially in recent months.

"I believe it is important - for me, the team and for Ducati - to keep that continuity and I consider this a really good opportunity because I am confident about the development and improvement in performance.

"Together with Ducati and the team, we've continued to move in the right direction right from the start, but we can do more and I'm convinced that next year the bike will allow me to be even faster. The contract renewal is great payback for my work and I hope to be able to reward the team and Ducati with great results in 2016."

Giugliano, meanwhile, is also aiming high in 2016 despite a desperate 2015 campaign littered by injuries. Already ruled out of the first four rounds after sustaining a back injury in a pre-season testing accident, another heavy fall during round nine at Laguna Seca proceeded to rule him out of the latter four rounds too.

Despite this, the Italian - who is yet to win a race in World Superbikes despite five pole positions - is confident he will come back stronger next year with his future assured.

"I'm really pleased to have renewed with the Racing - Ducati Superbike Team. Ducati has always meant a great deal to me and to have the chance to continue to work with these people, who show such professionalism and compassion, is fundamental for a rider like me. The team is like a big family, of which I feel very much a part.

"I am of course very sorry for how this season has turned out, after what happened at the start of the year in Australia and then also at Laguna Seca but in those races that we have completed we've always given it our all and scored some important results. I am therefore very happy to be able to continue on the path that I've started along with the Racing - Ducati Superbike Team members."