Davies And Giugliano To Form Ducati World Superbike Line Up For 2014

Ducati has announced their World Superbike line up for the next two seasons. For 2014 and 2015, Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano will race the Ducati 1199 Panigale for the Italian factory, though details of the team structure are still pending. Testing is due to start for Davies and Giugliano at the end of October, initially with the Ducati test team.

After Alstare split from Ducati after the final round of 2013, there has been much speculation on who would take over the running of Ducati's World Superbike squad. It is believed that it will come down to a choice between Feel Racing, who ran BMW's WSBK entry in 2013 and have a long association with Ducati, or an internal Ducati team. The internal team is rumored to be the preferred option at the moment.

Below is the Ducati press release announcing Giugliano and Davies as riders:

Ducati announce 2014 World Superbike riders

  • Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano destined to race in Ducati colours for 2014 World Superbike season
  • Riders and technicians to immediately start pre-season testing 30-31 October at Jerez

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 28 October 2013 – Following the announcement of the mutual decision to conclude early the partnership with Team Alstare, Ducati today confirm its participation in the 2014 World Superbike Championship and its agreement with the riders who will compete aboard the Ducati 1199 Panigale motorcycles.

Welsh rider, Chaz Davies, and the Italian, Davide Giugliano, are both now officially confirmed to compete for the Italian manufacturer during the 2014 and 2015 World Superbike seasons. This is an important decision for Ducati, 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.

The new Ducati Superbike riders will immediately join technicians of the Ducati development team to start work 30-31 October at Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), carrying out the first of three test sessions planned for the winter break.

More detailed information concerning the organisation and management of the team will be available in the coming weeks.

Rider profiles:

Chaz Davies was born 10 February, 1987 in Knighton, Wales (UK) and first started racing in minimoto in 1995, winning the championship title in this rookie category the following year and retaining it until 1998. From 2002-2006 he competed at World Championship level in the 125GP category, moving up to 250GP soon after. After additional experience in the AMA championship he was selected to take part in the World Supersport Championship and in 2011 became World Supersport Champion. The following year he moved up to World Superbike, a category in which he scored his first victory in 2012 and three more in 2013.

Davide Giugliano was born in Rome on 28 October, 1989 and started his racing career in 2005 by competing in the European Superstock 600 championship, finishing third in the championship the following year. After a year in the World Supersport Championship he switched to FIM Superstock 1000 Cup and in 2011 rode the Ducati 1098 R to championship victory competing for the Althea Racing team. Giugliano made his Superbike debut in 2011, riding as a wildcard at Portimão immediately after clinching the Superstock Cup title. In 2012 he became an official rider for the Genesio Bevilacqua team alongside Carlos Checa, taking two podiums and closing the season 10th overall. In 2013, he achieved one pole position and two more podiums in the World Superbike series, finishing the championship in 6th position.

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I hate to say it but Elias is already beating Guigliano on the satellite Aprilia battle, and he has only a few races under his belt. Chaz and Davide are really good riders, but not good enough to bring Ducati out of this hole.

After watching Canepa on the Panigale though it might suit Davide being that out of shape! It looked fun :)

Just once it would be nice to see Chaz Davies have the opportunity to ride the same bike for two years in a row! If BMW had stayed in the game Chaz would have been a genuine championship contender in 2014. On the Ducati? Not so much.

I hope Gigi can crack the whip well enough to make it competitive but I don't have high hopes.

Best of luck, Chaz.

"Just once it would be nice to see Chaz Davies have the opportunity to ride the same bike for two years in a row! "

You could have said the same thing about Elias in MotoGP, but people forget about that...

Giugliano was really getting on with the Aprilia V4, too bad he won't be building on that next year. It will be interesting to see what he can do on the Panigale...

Also, I would like to know what the reason is for the big difference in results for the Panigale this year in Superbike and Superstock 1000. My guess would be that a big factor in the Superstock success is the fact it has 195 hp in standard trim, which means it will beat the Hondas, Yamahas, Suzukis and Aprilias (all around 180-185 hp) on sheer top-end horsepower, just like the S100RR and ZX-10R do.

Probably things become hairy when they have a power deficit to the competition instead, like they do in full-blown Superbike trim, and therefore need to be pushed more to the limit by the riders. The combination of extra power and more grip from the slick tyres will probably accentuate the handling/feedback issues the Panigale seems to have, but why is this? I'm curious if this is a matter of set-up by teams and riders or if there is an underlying, fundamental problem like they have in MotoGP.

I'm sure i read somewhwere that the Ducati's run some form of rev limiter possibly due to the bigger capacity that can leave them up to 30bhp short of what they are actually capable of.

A somewhat strange choice of rider lineup at first glance. A layman would have expected Ducati to hunt down tallented midgets given Ducati's enormous straight line speed deficit throughout 2013. The pair of them can muscle a bike and send it or bend it at their whim. New rules for 2014 and 1200 twins ?
Inside info anyone? Chaz is a very late braker, a trait that favours taller and heavier riders in general,leverage.
Hell! Maybe he called up his old mate Casey and after a discussion Stoner told him 'Go for it mate. The CF wasn't half bad in GP. Crikey,I even won with it'.
Politics have changed there too. Gigi is in and D'ell Torchio is gone. Gobmeier was a 4 wheel man anyway. Ducati internal team,I guess.

I think Camier was rumored to be looking, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a contract with his current team. I am starting to worry that Laverty is gonna be left out of a deserving ride.

The dude is a solid racer. Hopefully they can get some settings going that can help them move along. Chaz has been a solid racer for quite some time and I hope this move will work for him. Do not know about Giugliano, will have to do some research on him to have an opinion. Always rooted for Chaz just because he is tall. I am tall and like any riders above 5' 10". Go Ducati!!!! That's right, Ducati fan for life even with the mess-ups.

now with the new rules and without the HIGH tuning isn't it time for ducati to put away the 1200cc? and make an engine like all the others of 1000cc? because it has more cc's now and more torque and more power then suz, honda,yamaha aprilia.
sound like cheating again to me. stock bike's, same displacement!!!

You can't meaningfully compare capacity across different numbers of cylinders: big cylinders are harder to fill than small ones.
On the other hand, power does tend to be proportional to piston area, and the Panigale is much the same as the BMW. That's probably why the 1199 is competitive in SStk.

The problem is that they screwed up the design and it seems it will blow up if revved much beyond its stock rev limit, so the SBK is not much faster than the SStk. It's possibly also why Ducati would not let Althea develop the engines independently, they didn't want embarrassing engine failures.

What you could argue is that a twin has certain structural advantages over a 4: it's narrower and potentially lighter. It would seem reasonable to me to allow the Duc a lower minimum weight. However the fact that Lanzi was faster on a private 1198 with 5kg more weight and air-restrictors, than the factory developed unrestricted and lighter 1199 really shows how much they screwed up.

The 1098R reference is the case in point. The supersquare 1199 loses out both ways. Gains a miniscule bit in relation to longer stroke in terms of outright top end power/rev ceiling,but loses out significantly in terms of bottom end/mid range 'twist'. Hence. It cannot grunt out of a slow/medium exit corner like the 1098 which in turn compromises its terminal velocity heading into the next braking zone. The CF remains a moot point within Ducati. Referencing the whole issue to GP,clearly Jap alloy beam cloning has been a disaster.
Maybe they should just go back to welding the chrome/moly pipes. That was the source of their great successes past and the abondonement of same has resulted in their recent catastrophic failures accross all classes.
Old addage and hindsight being 20/20 vision...If it works,don't fix it.
There will always be a couple of riders that come along and take to it like a duck to water.

... Pierobon, makers of Ducati's racing frames and aftermarket/replacement frame maker has made a 'replacement' trellis frame for the 1199 Panigale.

I have a suspicion that if this was entirely against the will of Ducati they would have not done so. This opens the distinct possibility that it is, at least in part, a test to clarify relative performance.

Who knows where that may lead?