Tyco BMW have confirmed that Davide Giugliano will not return to the MCE British Superbike Championship this year ahead of this weekend’s fourth round at Knockhill.
The former WSB star has been absent from BSB since his nasty FP1 crash at Brands Hatch, but now the Monyemore-based squad have confirmed they have ‘amicably split’ with the Italian.
Giugliano took a heavy bang in the fall at Graham Hill bend in the opening practice session for the second round of the series at Brands and opted to sit out of the remainder of the weekend.
However, he’d then inform team boss Philip Neill that he had not suitably recovered from his injuries in time for Oulton Park. The latest statement comes as speculation continued to grow that Giugliano wouldn’t return to the series.
“Unfortunately, my rehabilitation work following the injury still needs more time," the Italian said. "Taking this into consideration, the team and I have jointly agreed on an early termination to the agreement. This will allow Tyco BMW to continue in the championship in the best possible way, letting me focus on my full recovery, in order to return to riding as soon as possible. I would like to say thank you to Philip Neill, the TAS Racing team and BMW for their work and co-operation. I wish all the guys at TAS the best in the current season and the future.”
Philip Neill added: “It’s with deep regret that the current circumstances have not allowed us to complete the 2017 British Superbike season with Davide, as we had very high hopes of producing a strong championship campaign. However, the most important thing at this time, is that Davide recovers fully from his injuries before deciding where his future lies. Taking all of that into consideration, we wish him well with his recovery and any future projects.”
MCN understands Giugliano is keen to make a return to the World Superbike Championship, having already approached at least one team on the world stage about a ride for the rest of the season.
Christian Iddon will go it alone for Tyco BMW at Knockhill this weekend with Josh Elliott taking over the injured Ian Hutchinson’s Superstock steed. The team aim to make a further announcement as to a full-time superbike replacement next week.
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