Davide Giugliano has returned to testing duties for Red Bull Honda with Stefan Bradl out injured, as the Italian rider prepares to race for the team in two weeks at Magny-Cours.

The former factory Ducati rider returned to the Ten Kate Racing-run squad as sole rider for the post-Portimao test after Bradl was forced out of Sunday’s race two due to a wrist injury sustained in his race one fall. Bradl is set to undergo an MRI scan to understand the extent of the injury and whether he’s sustained any fractures.

The Italian rider therefore took on the full Red Bull Honda test programme at the Portuguese circuit and despite it being his first outing at the track on the new Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2 he completed 61 laps with a best time of 1m 45.577s – just over two seconds off timesheet topper Jonathan Rea’s fastest lap.

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Having assessed an updated electronics package, new suspension link and revised engine specification Giugliano was pleased with the progress made and is relishing his racing return next time out at Magny-Cours.

“It’s been a very busy test for us because, unlike in our original plans, I was obviously the only one on hand for the team for this test,” Giugliano said. “I have raced here before but never with the Fireblade, so I had to spend the first part of the test getting used to riding this bike around the circuit and checking that everything was working well.

“We then tried several things – mostly with electronics – with some interesting results. It’s good to be back on the bike and this has definitely been a good way to get ready for Magny-Cours.”

Giugliano will partner Bradl for the French round before handing back over to Takumi Takahashi, who made his World Superbike debut this weekend at Portimao, while the Italian rider is expected to return again for the season finale in Qatar.