“As consequence we were looking for a valid substitute and Ducati's proposal to take Michel Fabrizio was the optimal choice. The Roman rider, even if still young, has great experience and we believe he can conquer good results."
The only riders ahead of Fabrizio in the WSBK standings are team-mate and title leader Noriyuki Haga (+53 points) and Yamaha star Spies (+46 points) with three rounds to go.
Fabrizio will ride alongside rookie Niccolo Canepa
at Brno. Canepa claimed a MotoGP best of eighth last time out at Donington Park, a result that also matched Kallio's best of the season so far.
"The summer break was really useful to re-energise and forget all the small physical problems I had. I am back in full shape and motivated to continue my learning procedure and obtain some more good results like in Donington,” said the Italian. “With the bike the feeling is improving race after race and I believe in Brno I can do well. It is a track where I have already ridden in the past and I like it a lot."