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WSBK Rider of the Year 2015 - 9th: Davide Giugliano

He only competed in ten races, but Davide Giugliano impressed enough in his brief injury-ridden season to secure a spot in your WSBK Rider top ten.
9th – Davide Giugliano
Average poll score out of ten: 5.6
Team: Aruba.it Ducati Superbike
Bike: Ducati 1199 Panigale R
Wins: 0
Podiums: 3
Poles: 2
Fastest Laps: 0
Best Finish 2nd
Championship points: 119 (10 races)
Championship position: 11th

In many ways this was the cruellest of seasons for the hapless Davide Giugliano, the Italian having his campaign delayed and then curtailed by injuries.

Then again, for a rider somewhat renowned for the frequency with which he drops his bike, Giugliano's high-speed accident in pre-season testing and then again at Laguna Seca served as painful reminders that this remains his Achilles Heel.

In the ten races he did compete in though, Giugliano had just enough time to prove once again why he is considered a rough diamond at worst, untapped potential at best. For a rider yet to win a WSBK race on a bike that also hadn't yet crossed a finish line in first, Giugliano was still considered a savvy bet for a punt at the title and had his season not been reduced to an all-too-brief mid-year stint, he had every chance of rivalling Chaz Davies for the runners-up on level terms.

In those five rounds, a still recovering Giugliano notched up 3 podiums and two pole positions to show what could well have been…

Top 10 WSBK Rider of the Year 2014: 6th
Top 10 WSBK Rider of the Year 2013: 8th
Top 10 WSBK Rider of the Year 2012: 11th

Do you agree the poll results? If not, why not? Leave your comments below...

10. Sylvain Guintoli

About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' World Championship standings, the WSBK Rider of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.

Over 50,000 votes were cast for the 2015 Crash.net WSBK Rider of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of the top twenty from this year's WSBK standings with a mark out of ten.


Tagged as: Ducati , Davide Giugliano

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JedPB67

December 16, 2015 6:53 AM

goggogadgetwangslap: Don't get me wrong. Everyone on the grid is far more talented and quicker than i will ever be. But world championship standard? I think not. Just look at Smrz. He was up the front in qualifying most of the time and knocking on the door of podiums every now and then. yet he can't even get up the sharp end of a BSB grid.
I agree with you about the quality of the field from the past few seasons, but in Smrz's defence, it's a lot harder to pull a good lap out around Oulton Park or Cadwell Park then it is around Assen or Misano.

goggogadgetwangslap

December 16, 2015 2:05 AM

This says less about Davide's season and more about the complete lack of quality in depth the wsbk paddock has had for the last few years. Other than Rea, Davies, Sykes and Guintoli and maybe VDM its all a bit mediocre. Lets hope the small number of quality riders coming in for 2016 can show what they're made of. Don't get me wrong. Everyone on the grid is far more talented and quicker than i will ever be. But world championship standard? I think not. Just look at Smrz. He was up the front in qualifying most of the time and knocking on the door of podiums every now and then. yet he can't even get up the sharp end of a BSB grid.



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