Davide Giugliano (above) and Chaz Davies (below) will join as teammates on the Ducati World Superbike team in 2014.
Two days after announcing the dissolution of its partnership with Alstare, Ducati Corse has confirmed it will remain on the grid with a two-rider team for the next two seasons. Former BMW Motorrad GoldBet rider Chaz Davies and former Althea Aprilia pilot Davide Giugliano have been chosen to wear the Ducati colors in 2014 and 2015.
Ducati says it’s “determined to bounce back after a year of disappointing results for the 1199 Panigale, which failed to deliver the results expected in World Superbike despite its considerable success in many national championships and the highly-competitive FIM Superstock Cup.”
In addition to the development issues, Ducati riders in 2013, Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini, both struggled with numerous injuries that kept them from achieving their full potential on track. Checa announced his retirement from racing at the conclusion of the 2013 season and Badovini’s fate is yet to be determined.
During the 2013 silly season prognostications many predicted that Nicky Hayden would continue his relationship with Ducati with a move from MotoGP to World Superbike in 2014. Hayden was dropped from the GP team after a five-year run aboard the Desmosedici but has decided to remain in the series, riding with Power Electronics Aspar aboard Honda’s new RCV1000R.
Ducati’s racing program for 2014 and beyond will be headed by Luigi Dall’Igna, who will oversee the 1199 World SBK efforts as well as the Italian marque’s struggling MotoGP project. Dall’Igna arrives at Ducati after spearheading Aprilia’s successful RSV4 project, which netted two SBK titles with rider Max Biaggi.
Davies has been in World Superbike for two full seasons and in that time amassed 10 podiums and four wins. Giugliano competed in two races in 2011 and then moved to the premier-ranks full-time in 2012. The Italian currently has two podium finishes to his credit in World Superbike. Both are slated to start with the team immediately during post-season testing on October 30, 2013 at Jerez.