Davide Giugliano has declared himself 'satisfied' with his final placing in the World Superbike test at Phillip Island, where he posted the third fastest time over two days.
Returning to the circuit at which he fractured three vertebrae in 2015, an injury that ruled him out of the opening four rounds of the season, Giugliano was content to come through this test unscathed while showing a genuine turn of pace.
The Italian has spent the winter recovering confidence after two career threatening injuries in short succession along with working on his pace on used tyres, part of his race craft that has been his undoing in the past.
“Yeah, I'm very satisfied for this morning,” said the 26-year old Roman on Tuesday evening. “I think the temperature for the weekend of the race is very similar to this morning [when he set his fastest time], not this afternoon.”
While commenting that he felt comfortable on Pirelli rubber after 22 laps, Giugliano pointed toward a lack of mid-corner grip when the throttle is closed as an area which needs improving ahead of the first two races of 2016.
"I think I want to do more work now and make a little step at the weekend. It's not ok now. I'm with my team that is working more for the grip. I don't have so much grip in the centre of the corner when the gas is off. When I brake and don't [touch the] gas, in the neutral zone. I don't have more grip.”
Asked whether he feels the Kawasaki duo of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea – first and second on the overall timing sheets at the Australian test – are still the men to beat in 2016, Giugliano offered, “Yes. The Kawasaki now I think is the best bike with the two best riders. And this is difficult.”