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Giugliano ‘may rejoin forces’ with Ducati despite axe

David Giugliano has thanked the Aruba.it Racing Ducati squad and says he'd be tempted to return in the future despite being replaced by Marco Melandri for 2017.
David Giugliano has thanked the Aruba.it Racing Ducati squad for giving him valuable experience as a young rider and says he'd be tempted to return in the future despite being replaced in the team by Marco Melandri for 2017.

Ducati confirmed its World Superbike rider line-up for next season with Chaz Davies, who has secured a new two-year deal, being joined by Melandri as Giugliano is pushed out after three years with the team.

Despite notching up 10 podiums and four pole positions with the factory Ducati squad the Italian has failed to win a single World Superbike race – but did miss eight of the 13 rounds in 2015 with two serious injuries.

Giugliano is determined to finish his time with Ducati on a high over the final four rounds of the current campaign and won't be put off to return in the future if their paths cross again.

“I had a great time with Ducati,” Giugliano said. “I learned a lot and was given a wealth of experience to draw upon, which is really important for a young rider. We also faced some difficult times, especially last year when I was badly injured, but we've always stayed close.

“We decided to take different paths, but our relationship remains strong: I'm still young, so we may rejoin forces in the future. I sincerely wish Melandri the best and would like to thank everyone in Ducati, especially Paolo Ciabatti, and Aruba.it for all their support. I

“It's been a great journey, which has yielded great results despite the fact that we would have liked to do more, but I'll give my best until the end of the season to achieve bigger goals.”

It is rumoured Giugliano is interested in making a move to Moto2 for 2017 to prove his talents at Grand Prix level, while a number of privateer World Superbike squads are interested in the 26-year-old.
by Haydn Cobb


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Navelgazer

July 29, 2016 12:15 PM

See the Melandri thread has crashed already... Melandri on a Duc again - what could possibly go wrong. Other thoughts - what a graceful statement from the young Italian following his dismissal, some other riders could take note. Davide's been riding much better over the last couple of rounds, looks much smoother on the bike. Hope he finds a seat on a bike that suits his style, he's far too entertaining to watch not to see him regularly!

Tetley

July 29, 2016 11:13 AM
Last Edited 2 days ago

I'm stunned by Melandri replacing a sacked Guigliano. Melandri exitted WSBK for one good reason- his star had faded and he wasn't getting results (OK, maybe that's two reasons). On the other hand, as Guigliano recovered from his serious accident he was a regular front runner and was an excellent team mate to Chaz. I suspect there's money involved, or maybe politics. It's certainly not about talent and potential. I don't see Melandri getting better results than Davide and I would not be surprised if Marco gets the bums rush before mid-season. Trouble is, by then Davide may be locked into a contract with a lesser team and not available to move back to Aruba. ( I say "lesser" team because all the competitive rides are alreadt taken.)



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