Stuart Easton will return to the British Superbike Championship grid at Cadwell Park after being snapped up by Moto Rapido Ducati for the remainder of the 2016 season.
The four-time race winner began the season with the ePayMe Yamaha squad, only to part ways with the Tommy Hill-helmed outfit after six rounds after struggling for competitiveness.
Forced to skip the previous round at Brands Hatch, Easton will nonetheless be back in BSB at Cadwell Park having been snapped up by Moto Rapido Ducati to replace the departed Danny Buchan.
Set to mark Easton's first foray onto Ducati twin machinery at Superbike level, Easton – who was originally set to see out the season in Superstock 1000 – says he cannot wait to sample the 1199 Panigale.
“I haven't been this excited for a long time and I have to thank the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati team as I really wanted to be back in Superbike before the end of the season. It all happened pretty quickly and I was due to be riding in Superstock, but SMT have supported me in my return to BSB and I have to thank them too for that.
“The last time I raced a Ducati was in 2004 when I raced the 999 at Macau, which is a completely different scenario and I know a lot has changed with it since then. Ducati always build a lovely motorcycle and it really does look like a fancy bit of kit so I am looking forward to getting some miles under my belt ready for the race.
“I know it won't be easy as Cadwell Park is tough at the best of times as it is such a demanding circuit, but there is certainly a lot to look forward to and I can't wait to get the second half of my season started.”