News 28 Jul 2015

Davies the lone factory Ducati in WorldSBK at Sepang

Giugliano sidelined with a fracture of the D3 vertebra.

Source: Ducati Corse.

Source: Ducati Corse.

Chaz Davies will be the sole Racing – Ducati Superbike Team rider on the grid at Sepang, Malaysia, this weekend when the 2015 Superbike World Championship resumes.

Coming off a stunning double win at Laguna Seca, Davies will be the lone representative as Davide Giugliano is forced to take a three-month break after an accident at Laguna Seca left him with a fracture of the D3 vertebra.

“All things considered I think we did a good job last year,” Davies explained. “The high temperatures were a big issue for us, especially in the races where grip worsened significantly after a few laps. We were quite fast for as long as we had tyre life but it wasn’t for long enough unfortunately.

“We are definitely in a better position now and so we should be more competitive, especially considering our recent results. The weather may also impact on the practices and races, with the likelihood of thunderstorms almost every day… We just have to wait and see but I think we have every reason to be confident.”

Despite Giugliano’s injuries ruling him out of the season remainder, European reports have both he and Davies being re-signed by Ducati for 2016.