9th – Davide Giugliano
Average poll score out of ten: 5.6
Aruba.it Ducati Superbike
Ducati 1199 Panigale R
119 (10 races)
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…
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