Davide Giugliano says it may take time for him to get up to speed on his return to the World Superbike championship as he joins up Red Bull Honda for the rest of the 2017 campaign.

The Italian rider returns to WorldSBK after being dropped by Aruba.it Racing Ducati at the end of the 2016 season in favour of Marco Melandri, while his brief switch to the MCE British Superbike championship at the start of 2017 ended prematurely after two rounds before mutually terminating his contract with Tyco BMW.

After the tragic passing of Nicky Hayden the factory Honda squad had been without a two rider line-up until Laguna Seca when American Jake Gagne rode as a one-event replacement. During the summer break Giugliano secured a deal to race alongside Stefan Bradl until the end of 2017 starting this weekend at Lausitzring.

Having not started a race since April in BSB, and his last WorldSBK outing coming at Losail at the end of last year, Giugliano says he’ll need time to adjust back to the series as he hopes to provide Red Bull Honda with valuable feedback and data to improve the new Fireblade.

“This is my first World Superbike race of the season so of course there are some things I need to adjust back to,” Giugliano said. “The most important thing for the round is to work well with the team and have a step-by-step approach with the bike, in order to keep improving in each and every session.

“The track is a unique one and hopefully the weather will be on our side, but in any case I’m really looking forward to getting started.”