The luckless Davide Guigliano has been ruled out of racing for the rest of the season after breaking a vertebrae in his crash at Laguna Seca.
The Ducati rider suffered a vicious crash in the second race of the American round at Laguna Seca, and scans have revealed that the Italian has damaged his D3 vertebrae, which doctors estimate will need three months of recovery time.
The fracture, while not visible in the initial examination that took place at the racetrack, was identified after the team decided to undergo further tests – a sensible decision given the nature of the crash and the previous accident at Phillip Island in which the rider suffered fractures of the L1 and L2 vertebrae, missing the first four rounds of the season as a result.
Giugliano was understandably disappointed to be ruled out for the rest of the season. He said: “I am of course extremely disappointed right now… Clearly 2015 was not my season. There is no point grieving over it anyway, that’s that and the important thing is that once again the trauma will not result in any long-term damage. It will take a bit more time, but I hope to recover quickly and be back riding my Panigale soon.”
The Italian squad will not replace Davide for the upcoming event taking place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on 2 August, but has decided to entrust the second Panigale R to Michele Pirro, already a frontrunner when he participated as a wildcard at the Misano SBK round, for the following round, scheduled to take place at the Spanish track of Jerez de la Frontera on 20 September.