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SBK, Giugliano: The tyre let me down, we'll fight at home at Imola

Davies: "An incorrect strategy, but we know we've grown"

Giugliano: The tyre let me down, we'll fight at home at Imola

In the Assen lottery, the Kawasakis of Rea and Sykes were once again dead certs. Not even the weather could slow the two Brits as they powered to a 1-2 finish in Race 2. In Ducati meanwhile Davide Giuliano was forced to view the front from afar. The Ducati rider can only console himself with an eighth place finish. Not what he had hoped for, but a result that came down to the tyre change.

Quite a complicated race all in all.

It was a hectic race, in which it was easy to make mistakes. In the wet I eventually found a good pace, but the track dried up very quickly and then I suffered."

The race depended on the tyre change.

"We pitted in at the right moment, but unfortunately it took us four laps to regain confidence with the front. Still, I’m happy with the way the whole team reacted after all the difficulties we've encountered yesterday." 

What gives you most confidence ahead of Imola?

"In the WUP, we made a big step forward in terms of pace, an important signal ahead of Imola. Finally we’ll race ‘at home’ again!”

While Giugliano is regretful, Chaz Davies did better. The Welshman concludes the Dutch weekend with a fifth place in Race 2, despite the goal having been to reach the podium. He prefers to see the glass half full.

Was your strategy incorrect?

Unfortunately, we didn’t choose the best strategy. I thought the Kawasakis pitted in a bit too early, as the track was still slippery, but we waited too long. I’m disappointed, because another good result was within our reach."

But in the dry you'd shown strong pace.

"Since the WUP, we were really competitive and made another step forward in the dry compared with yesterday. I’m looking forward to Imola, it’s our home race and I hope to make it a memorable one for all the ducatisti.”

Translated by Heather Watson

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