WSBK: Giugliano secures a podium as Davies crashes in dramatic race two

Giugliano produced his trademark wild moves in PI. Photo: Ducati
Giugliano produced some wild moves in PI. Photo: Ducati

Davide Giugliano secured a podium finish in race two at Phillip Island this weekend, continuing the Italian dream aboard the Ducati.

After narrowly missing out on receiving a trophy in race one on Saturday, Giugliano had a last lap push to get involved with the podium fight and held off former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden on his debut weekend for third position.

The Racing rider came in contact with Tom Sykes with seven laps to go and both riders were lucky to stay on track, however this cost Giugliano valuable positions and left him with work to do.

It wasn’t long before he was up with the podium contenders and he crossed the line in third position,; a strong way to bounce back from injury last season: “Today I struggled a bit more with the heat, which made us lose some grip. I was expecting it, and therefore kept some margin for the final laps, but touching with Sykes made me lose ground. Still, I kept pushing and I’m really happy with the final outcome. This podium stems from hard teamwork, and I think the crew contributed to 60 percent of it while I did the rest. I dedicate this to my family, who supported me throughout the most difficult times.”

Race one podium finisher Chaz Davies had a dramatic end to race two as he crashed out of second position whilst fighting Jonathan Rea for the victory.

In a similar race to Saturday’s, the Welshman spent the majority of the race up with the race leader Rea and was consistently looking threatening aboard his Panigale. However unlike race one Davies decided to make his move a lap earlier but he was unable to make it stick.

Knowing he had the pace to win the race, the 29 year old lost the front end of his Ducati with just a few corners of the race to go. Fortunately he remounted and crossed the line in tenth position, picking up six points.

Davies explains: “Usually I’m able to brake pretty deep, but this time unfortunately I found the limit of the front tyre. I knew it was a risky move, and ideally I wouldn’t have had to try it, but unfortunately Rea erased the small gap I built on the straight. Anyway, I’m not disappointed about my race. We fought for the victory in both races and the bike showed much improvement since last year, especially with the electronics. We just need a bit more top speed.”


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