Davide Giugliano could be set to join Stefan Bradl in the Red Bull Honda World Superbike squad for the rest of the season after a successful test with the team at the Lausitzring.
The Italian, who parted company with the Tyco BMW team he had signed to compete with in the MCE British Superbike Championship earlier this year, completed 50 laps of the German circuit alongside the team’s test rider Michele Magnoni. Bradl was absent for the two-day test as he was scheduled to fly to the Suzuka Eight Hour before having to withdraw at the eleventh hour due to health concerns.
The official reason for Giugliano’s BSB departure was that he needed time to recover after a crash at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit aggravated the neck injury that had previously hampered him in the World Superbike Championship.
Having ridden both Ducati and Aprilia superbike machinery, Giugliano’s vast experience on WSB-spec machines was the reason he was drafted in to help the Ten Kate squad as they continue to struggle with the all-new CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.
With the test a success, Honda Motor Europe’s WSBK operations manager, Marco Chini, says Giugliano will now be considered to join the team for the remainder of the season.
“First of all, I would like to thank Michele Magnoni and Davide Giugliano for their professionalism and their availability to help us with the development work,” Chini said.
“The team continues to develop the bike one small step at a time. We can verify that Davide Giugliano is back on good form and his vast experience with production-based motorcycles was really useful to get a better understanding of the current level of the team’s Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2. Davide surely deserves to be considered among the number of riders who could race alongside Stefan Bradl in the remaining rounds of the season.”
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