Aruba.it Racing Ducati will enter an unchanged rider pairing in next season’s Superbike World Championship after confirming Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano for 2016.
The pair will remain together for the third consecutive season and Davies, who currently lies second in the championship and is the only rider with a mathematical chance of catching Jonathan Rea, believes he is in the best place to challenge Kawasaki.
“I’m very happy to have put pen to paper for another year with Ducati and the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team. This year we’ve made progress race after race, obtaining some very strong results especially in recent months. I believe it is important – for me, the team and for Ducati – to keep that continuity and I consider this a really good opportunity because I am confident about the development and improvement in performance. Together with Ducati and the team, we’ve continued to move in the right direction right from the start, but we can do more and I’m convinced that next year the bike will allow me to be even faster. The contract renewal is great payback for my work and I hope to be able to reward the team and Ducati with great results in 2016.”
Giugliano has endured an injury-plagued 2015 and is still searching for his maiden World Superbike win but is delighted with the loyalty Ducati have shown in him.
“I’m really pleased to have renewed with the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team. Ducati has always meant a great deal to me and to have the chance to continue to work with these people, who show such professionalism and compassion, is fundamental for a rider like me. The team is like a big family, of which I feel very much a part. I am of course very sorry for how this season has turned out, after what happened at the start of the year in Australia and then also at Laguna Seca but in those races that we have completed we’ve always given it our all and scored some important results. I am therefore very happy to be able to continue on the path that I’ve started along with the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team members. Physically, it will take a little more time for me to return to full fitness. We don’t yet know exactly when I’ll be able to begin winter testing but I’m doing all I can to be back on my Panigale R as soon as possible.”