Davide Giugliano went some way to erasing unhappy memories of Phillip Island by scorching his way past Nicky Hayden to secure a podium finish in the second World Superbike race of 2016.
The Australian circuit was the scene of the Italian's first serious crash of 2015, one that put him out of competition for four rounds. Yet, the somewhat patchy Giugliano of old was nowhere to be seen a year later, as he backed up his usual daring with intelligence and consistency.
Fourth in race one underlined his ability to maintain a race-long pace, while his move on Hayden through the circuit's fearsome final sector on the final lap to secure a first top-three finish since June showed a clinical element of the Italian's race craft that was not always apparent.
“Today I struggled a bit more with the heat, which made us lose some grip," began the Roman. "I was expecting it, and therefore kept some margin for the final laps, but touching with Sykes made me lose ground. Still, I kept pushing and I'm really happy with the final outcome.
“I don't to want to fight with Nicky on the last lap because he is very experienced and it is difficult to fight with him,” beamed Giugliano, third in the championship. “Now it was a great race, a fun race and third position is fantastic.
“I'm very confident. This is the result of the hard work of me and my crew. It is very good work and step-by-step we come back.
“Last year was a very difficult thing for me. I want to only think of this year and the future. I had two big injuries; one at this track and OK, no problem. Now my feeling is OK and I want to work from the race.”
Asked if he had made any changes to his machine from Saturday to Sunday, the Italian quipped, “I only slept!”
“My physical condition is very good now while I'm rested. I think only of the bike. I don't do so much gym but I do running and more bike [training]. This is my secret for this year. Only the bike with supermotard and more laps. For me it's a big step.
“The big change is my team. The bike changed but not a lot. And I changed.”