Giugliano: We knew we could bounce back

Ducati rider Davide Giugliano was happy to have finished third in Race Two on Sunday at the World Superbike event in Misano, Italy after crashing on Saturday in Race One to end up finishing in a lowly 14th position.

Sunday’s race was won by Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea followed by his team-mate Tom Sykes and then Giugliano.

In the WSBK rider standings, Giugliano lies in fourth place with 147 points well behind leader Rea who is dominating after eight rounds of racing on 293 points.

After Sunday’s race, the 26-year-old Italian dedicated his podium to former World Superbike rider Fabrizio Pirovano, who passed away recently.

“Yesterday was a big disappointment for us, because we had a strong pace but a crash took us out of contention,” Giugliano said.

“We knew we could bounce back today, and we’ve made another small step forward with our set-up for Race 2.

“Early on, I was trying to manage the tyres because I was expecting a drop in the second half of the race, like yesterday, from Rea and Sykes. However, that didn’t happen.

“Anyway, it was important for us to get back on the right track and I want to dedicate this podium to Fabrizio Pirovano and his family.”

The next WSBK event takes place on July 10 at Laguna Seca, United States.