Bad news for Ducati Corse WSBK fans, as Davide Giugliano has been confirmed to miss the World Superbike opening round at Phillip Island this weekend.
The news comes as a result of the Italian fracturing his L1 and L2 vertebrae in a crash at Turn 11 on the Australian track during a testing session.
The news is especially unfortunate as Giugliano had shown good pace on the Ducati Panigale RS15 through-out testing, and the Italian has shown that Phillip Island is one of the tracks he excels at in racing conditions.
“I’m very upset about the crash because things had been going very well,” Giugliano said. “I had good feeling with the bike by the end of session one and I was able to lap with consistently fast times,” said Giugliano.
The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike team says that it does not plan on replacing Giugliano for the Phillip Island round, and expects the Italian to be fit for racing by WSBK’s second round, in Thailand on March 22nd.
Ducati Corse is looking to turn around its racing fortunes in both WSBK and MotoGP this year, and so far that effort is not getting off to a good start, despite the unveiling of the eagerly awaited Ducati Desmosedici GP15 yesterday.
Source: Ducati Corse