Giugliano: Puccetti WSBK move is the "option I prefer"
Davide Giugliano has revealed joining Puccetti Racing's planned new World Superbike outfit would be his preferred option for 2017.
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Giugliano, a World Superbike contestant since 2012, has been part of Ducati's works WSBK team for the past three years, but will be replaced by Marco Melandri next year.
After an injury-ridden 2015, Giugliano currently sits fourth in the standings, 75 points behind teammate Chaz Davies.
As the 26-year-old will depart the team next year, he revealed joining top Supersport team Puccetti Racing, which plans to enter WSBK next year, would be his preferred choice at the moment.
The Italian squad won the 2015 World Supersport title with Kenan Sofuoglu and the Turkish rider leads the standings of the 2016 edition as well, with teammate Randy Krummenacher sitting second.
"Puccetti counts on a very good team – they won the Supersport crown last year and are trying to defend it this year with their riders P1 and P2 in the standings of a very tough category," said Giugliano.
"This is the option I prefer at the moment, and the one my heart tells me is the best."
"They have a lot of support from Kawasaki and we’re talking a lot about that. Their offer and what they want to do is very interesting to me."
Apart from staying in World Superbike, Giugliano also clarified a move to Moto2 remains a possibility, having been linked to Sky Racing Team VR46 in recent days.
"There are various options: I have some great options to stay in WorldSBK and also some options in Moto2," added Giugliano.
"All look good and I’m taking my time not just to evaluate the options but to figure out which is the best for my career.
"My heart is in SBK for a lot of reasons, I started here when I was 15 and now I’m 26 – to change habits and circuits and paddock isn’t easy.
"But sometimes you have to put yourself first and if you think that change is the way forward, the best thing to do is go for it."
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