Alex Polita is set to return to the MCE British Superbike championship for the final two rounds of the season at Lloyds British Moto Rapido, filling the race seat vacated by Stuart Easton.

Easton split with the team earlier this week in order to focus on this year's Macau GP and securing a ride for 2017 which has opened up the vacant slot for former Italian Superbike and FIM Superstock 1000 Cup champion Polita.

Polita made his debut in BSB back in 2012 and the experienced rider is relishing the challenge on the Ducati Panigale R at Assen and Brands Hatch.

"I'm really excited for this opportunity with the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati team; this is a big chance for me for return to the British Championship," Polita said. "For me to return to the grid at Assen is amazing because I love the circuit and I am ready to come out and push hard for the team.

"I know it is very tough in the championship, but I want to do the best job I can because I would like to be in BSB next year too. I need to make the most of this opportunity and at the moment this is a very special time for me as I am also going to become a father very soon. It is amazing for me right now and I want to have the best weekend possible for the team."

Team owner Steve Moore has welcomed Polita with open arms and is expecting a tough challenge to get instant results over the final two rounds of the season.

"This season has been tough but our plan is to end on a high so I'm very pleased to welcome Alex to the team," Moore said. "He is hungry for success and has good experience at Assen. We have a lot of work to do on day one, but we can do it. We don't underestimate how hard it is to enter this championship this late and compete with teams and riders already up to speed."