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WSBK Lausitz, Germany: Giugliano gets medical clearance after Lausitzring fall

Davide Giugliano's Aruba.it Racing Ducati squad has confirmed the Italian did not suffer any fractures in his heavy race two fall at the Lausitzring.
Davide Giugliano's Aruba.it Racing Ducati squad has confirmed the Italian did not suffer any fractures in his heavy race two fall at the Lausitzring and should make a full recovery in time for the French World Superbike round.

On lap four Giugliano suffered a nasty high-side crash while running in second place at turn nine and landed badly on his right shoulder. Despite walking away from the off unaided the Italian was taken to the medical centre as a precaution with a suspected shoulder fracture.

The factory Ducati squad had been awaiting news following tests and has now confirmed the Italian hasn't sustained any fractures but will require 'rehabilitation to recover from right shoulder trauma'.

Giugliano is expected to be fit for the 11th round of the World Superbike championship at Magny-Cours alongside team-mate Chaz Davies.

Speaking after the crash Giugliano was disappointed to be caught out by the surprised crash but is relishing the chance to battle back in less than two weeks at the French round.

“I didn't expect the crash, because I quickly realised Rea and I could make a difference in the wet and I wasn't on the limit,” Giugliano said. “The plan was to wait until the last few laps to attack. I was cautious with the throttle, but wet races are always a lottery and all of a sudden the rear lost grip. It's a shame because I really wanted to give the team another good result after Chaz's win.

“The good thing is that we've made a big step forward in dry conditions as well today, showing a promising pace during warm-up. We'll bounce back in Magny-Cours, a track that I like much better.”

Last season Giugliano missed the bulk of the season with separate spine injuries, one suffered at Phillip Island which ruled him out of the opening four rounds and a second at Laguna Seca which forced him out of the final four rounds.


by Haydn Cobb



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