9th - Davide GiuglianoAverage poll score out of ten: 5.6Team: Aruba.it Ducati SuperbikeBike: Ducati 1199 Panigale RWins: 0Podiums: 3Poles: 2Fastest Laps: 0Best Finish 2ndChampionship points: 119 (10 races)Championship position: 11th

In many ways this was the cruellest of seasons for the hapless Davide Giugliano, the Italian having his campaign delayed and then curtailed by injuries.

Then again, for a rider somewhat renowned for the frequency with which he drops his bike, Giugliano's high-speed accident in pre-season testing and then again at Laguna Seca served as painful reminders that this remains his Achilles Heel.

In the ten races he did compete in though, Giugliano had just enough time to prove once again why he is considered a rough diamond at worst, untapped potential at best. For a rider yet to win a WSBK race on a bike that also hadn't yet crossed a finish line in first, Giugliano was still considered a savvy bet for a punt at the title and had his season not been reduced to an all-too-brief mid-year stint, he had every chance of rivalling Chaz Davies for the runners-up on level terms.

In those five rounds, a still recovering Giugliano notched up 3 podiums and two pole positions to show what could well have been...

Top 10 WSBK Rider of the Year 2014: 6thTop 10 WSBK Rider of the Year 2013: 8thTop 10 WSBK Rider of the Year 2012: 11th

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About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' World Championship standings, the WSBK Rider of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.

Over 50,000 votes were cast for the 2015 Crash.net WSBK Rider of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of the top twenty from this year's WSBK standings with a mark out of ten.

 

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