Davide Giugliano was left disappointed with the performance of the Pirelli qualifying tyre after missing out on Superpole 3 in Australia. The Althea Racing rider will start tenth after a mistake at the last corner of his final lap in SP2, a moment he put down to the tyres, and hopes to rectify it in the races tomorrow.

“I am disappointed of not having been qualified for the final phase of the Superpole, but the main reason is the poor performance of the tyre that did not allow me to do the necessary time. We must be satisfied with the tenth place and tomorrow we will start from the fourth row. This does not preclude the possibility of a good result because we worked very well during the testing and today we did a long run that gave excellent results. It will be important to make a good start to engage immediately the first group.”

Team Manager Genesio Bevilacqua agrees that the Aprilia RSV4 should be competitive over the race distance tomorrow and expects Giugliano to be a threat to the frontrunners.

“It’s a shame to not to reach the final phase of the Superpole. Davide was doing a great lap that would have allowed him to easily qualify for the third phase. Unfortunately, a loss of grip in the rear tyre caused him to lose precious time. But we are conscious of having done a good job during the tests, and overall taking care the tyre wear on the distances. Giugliano has a pace that will allow him to be competitive in the race and this makes us confident for a great day tomorrow.”