Fores to replace injured Giugliano

Xavi Fores will be back on the World Superbike Championship grid at the next two rounds for the Ducati team.

With Davide Giugliano still sidelined after fracturing his L1 and L2 vertebrae during testing, the factory outfit turned to Troy Bayliss at Phillip Island and Thailand.

However, three-time Champion Bayliss has now retired "for good" and Ducati have called in Fores for the back-to-back races at Aragon and Assen.

Fores competed for the 3C Racing Team on the Ducati 1199 Panigale R at the French round last year.

"I'm really pleased to have this opportunity with the factory team," the Spaniard said. "I couldn't wait to get back to racing after the final round of the 2014 IDM and so I've been training hard over the winter. The fact that my first race of the 2015 season will be run at Aragón is fantastic because I'll be racing at home in Spain, at a track I really enjoy.

"I also know Assen well, and was fast in the IDM race held there last year, so I'm confident I'll be able to do well. I can't wait to get on track and thank my team, the 3C Racing Team, and of course the Racing – Ducati Superbike Team for putting their faith in me."

The team are hopeful that Giugliano will be back for the Imola round on 10 May.

"Davide Giugliano's recovery continues, and the Italian rider was examined at the Policlinico di Modena just a few days ago. Prof. Fabio Catani has confirmed that Davide is making good progress and will be able to resume his training as of this week," they said in a statement.