Davide Giugliano admits to having felt uncertainty after suffering two serious injuries during the 2015 World Superbike Championship.
The Italian suffered two fractured vertebrae at the final pre-season test at Phillip Island, missing the first four races of the season as a result, and then lasted just five rounds upon his return before suffering another broken vertebra in a nasty crash at Laguna Seca.
The comeback from that last injury has taken a long time, but Giugliano has now completed three European pre-season tests with the Aruba.it Racing Ducati squad and is slowly reaquainting himself with the Panigale R.
“When you have a relationship that is so passionate there can be things that go wrong and we didn’t understand each other last year but it has passed,” Giugliano said. “It has been a different winter as I’ve been through two very serious injuries.
“On one hand I knew I had a top bike and top team so I was relaxed but on the other hand I wasn’t sure of myself as I had to start from scratch physically and mentally. I trained a lot, especially on bikes with motocross and others, and this allowed me to recover. I’m looking forward to Phillip Island already.”
Giugliano is looking for a fresh start in 2016, and is excited about working with Aligi Deganello, who comes on as chief engineer and Paolo Biasio who will be in charge of the electronics.
Deganello helped Sylvain Guintoli win the 2014 World Superbike title, while Biasio also transfers over from Aprilia.
“We are starting with many changes and some beautiful things,” he said. “The team is new with Aligi Deganello and Paolo Biasio coming to my team and I would like to thank Ducati for this opportunity. We have carried out three tests which have been very positive in my opinion and I’ve been very calm. We managed step-by-step to be fast and I’m very happy about it.”
The 2016 World Superbike season gets under way at Phillip Island on Feburary 26.