BOLOGNA, Italy — The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati World Superbike team has confirmed Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri for next season.
Davies, 29, is currently in the middle of his third season with Ducati. He has secured nine wins and 32 podiums overall on the Ducati Panigale R.
“I’m extremely happy to renew my professional relationship with Ducati for two more seasons,” Davies said. “The continuity element is really important in our job, and so far we’ve made great strides and got progressively closer to our goal. Now we can fight for the win practically on every track, and I’m confident we can make further improvements. Moreover, to race for Ducati is something special: everything is done with heart and passion, you really feel part of a family and have a direct connection between the production and racing. It’s going to be exciting.”
Thirty-four-year-old Melandri, on the other hand, will return to the production-based series, where he has claimed 19 wins and 49 overall podiums in 100 races. Melandri has spent this season on the sidelines after leaving the Aprilia factory MotoGP team midway through the 2015 season.
“I’m really excited to come back to racing, it’s a dream come true,” Melandri said. “I always said I was only interested in a top bike and top team, and I could not have asked for more. I kept following World Superbike closely, and I’m confident the Panigale R can perfectly suit my riding style. We’ll just have to take one step at a time, but the potential is surely high. I know it won’t be easy to get back up to speed, but I have all the time to step on the bike, do laps and make sure I’m ready for the first test: to this end, I will skip the holidays to train on a street version of the Panigale R.”
This season will mark Davide Giugliano’s last season within the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team. In three years with the squad, the Italian rider has earned 10 podiums despite being sidelined for most of 2015 with two serious injuries.
“I had a great time with Ducati,” said Giugliano. “I learned a lot and was given a wealth of experience to draw upon, which is really important for a young rider. We also faced some difficult times, especially last year when I was badly injured, but we’ve always stayed close. We decided to take different paths, but our relationship remains strong: I’m still young, so we may rejoin forces in the future. I sincerely wish Melandri the best and would like to thank everyone in Ducati, especially Paolo Ciabatti, and Aruba.it for all their support. It’s been a great journey, which has yielded great results despite the fact that we would have liked to do more, but I’ll give my best until the end of the season to achieve bigger goals.”