WSBK – WSBK Sepang: Giugliano stops, Biaggi starts again –

THE RACE OF THE EMPEROR

WSBK Sepang: Giugliano stops, Biaggi starts again

WSBK - WSBK Sepang: Giugliano stops, Biaggi starts again -

Again injured in the back, Davide Giugliano is forced to withdraw for the remainder of the World Superbike season 2015 … Fans of the Roman rider n ° 34 will console themselves with the return of the famous n ° 3: Max Biaggi, who already rides in Malaysia !

While Chaz Davies continues the successes on his factory Ducati n ° 7 (read our), his teammate Davide Giugliano, he experiences a new setback: he will not race this weekend at Sepang … no more than in Jerez, Magny-Cours or Losail !

Relieved because he was declared unharmed immediately after his fall during the second American round, the Italian still passed more extensive exams on his return from the United States. Unfortunately for him, the results of the CT scan and MRI were not good, revealing a fracture of his dorsal vertebra D3…

As a direct consequence of his big fall in turn 6 of the tortuous Californian route, this injury will keep him away from his Panigale – and any other motorcycle! – these next three months. It marks the premature end of its gloomy 2015 WSBK season…

Giugliano has his back

The readers of Site – who, as everyone knows, have a little more living memory than the others – indeed remember that the Italian had not been able to participate in the first four events of the year, because – already – of ‘a nasty highside…

During the tests at Phillip Island before the start of the season, Davide had fractured his L1 and L2 lumbar vertebrae (read). Present on the circuit to celebrate the 25 years of the WSBK in Australia, Troy Bayliss then replaced the unlucky Giugliano on the handlebars of his 1199 Panigale R in Australia and then in Thailand (read .

The race of this weekend may well be disputed in the right corner of the globe (in Malaysia), the triple Australian champion will not ride this time on the Ducati Superbike: officially entered in AMA Flat Track on a Scrambler (!) , Troy himself has to heal his wounds after turning his foot … literally !

"The team will not hire a replacement for Giugliano next week at the Sepang International Circuit but have decided to hand their Panigale R to Michele Pirro, who had already raced in the wildcard this year in Misano, for the event which will take place in Jerez. September 20", says the Ducati Aruba.it team.

"I am extremely disappointed … 2015 was clearly not my season", Davide concludes."But there is no point in moping, the main thing is that this injury will not be a problem for me in the long term".

"It will take me a little longer but I hope to recover quickly in order to get back on my Panigale soon", concludes fan n ° 1 (n ° 34!) of Kevin Schwantz, of which he copies the" old school "attitude, the generous style on the track but also – therefore?! – the repeated injuries…

Another idol of Davide Giugliano, originally from Rome just like him, Max Biaggi will perform well his – second! – return to competition this weekend in Malaysia. To better prepare for this big meeting, his employer did not hesitate to rent the Sepang circuit for four days. !

One Roman can hide another

Development rider for Aprilia, the Roman Emperor proved during his last World Superbike outing at the Misano circuit that he remains one of the best current world riders. Sixth of the two Italian races (read), the famous n ° 3 will seek to enter the Top 5 at Sepang…

According to Aprilia officials, these private tests were to be a " good opportunity for the Roman champion to regain his marks on a track he has not ridden for ten years, and never riding a Superbike elsewhere".

Most of Biaggi’s young comrades ran on the Malaysian track last year (read) and will be competing in their 19th and 20th races of the year this weekend. The good old Max – 44 years on the clock – has the right to make recognitions, no ?

"We were unfortunately unlucky during these tests"Max regretted Friday night."It rained three days out of the four available to us. I obviously fell and we also had a few technical issues that slowed down my work, but that’s part of the game".

"We hope to be luckier next week", continues the double WSBK champion (and):"Sepang remains a great trail, the only downside is that I found the asphalt a little more bumpy than in my memories". Unlike Max, Sepang would have aged ?!

Will the name of the Roman Emperor be enthroned at the top of the timesheet this Friday noon (very early morning in France), as was the case in Misano? Will he manage to climb on the first row of the starting grid on Saturday (5th in Italy) ?

Will Max Biaggi especially be able to mingle on Sunday with the excellent British drivers Jonathan Rea, Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies, who are compiling together this season !? The results of the prestigious guest driver will not be without consequences…

Indeed, Aprilia n ° 3 could precipitate the coronation – hoped and deserved – of Rea if it came to be inserted between the two official Kawasaki: behind the Ninja n ° 65 and in front of the n ° 66 … that Max had beaten by half a point at the very end of the 2012 season !

To be crowned as of Sunday, that is to say three tests before the end of the season, the ruthless "JR" will have to score 25 points more than "Major Tom", which happened twice at the beginning of the season to then to. At however, it was Sykes who took 8 points back from Rea. Roll on Sunday: stay tuned !

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