Jonathan Rea won't be the only World Superbike rider making his MotoGP debut at Misano this weekend.
While Rea is standing in for the injured Casey Stoner at Repsol Honda, David Salom - who races for Pedercini Kawasaki in WSBK - will see out the remainder of the season at the Blusens Avintia CRT team, in place of Ivan Silva.
The difference in equipment between Rea and Salom will be considerable, but Salom also expects tyres to provide the greatest challenge.
“As you can imagine I am very excited to be allowed in the MotoGP class and I'd like to thank Raúl Romero and the whole Avintia Blusens team for this opportunity,” began Salom.
“I hope I'll adapt to the bike and to the team's working method so I can make quick progress. I think the main difference with the SBK bike I have ridden so far is the tyres, but I'll try my best to adapt.
“I am aware it will be no easy task but it is also a great opportunity I want to take advantage of.”
Salom, a podium finisher in World Supersport, has scored points on six occasions in WSBK this year.
Full-season Blusens rider Yonny Hernández has taken the team's FTR Kawasaki to points in seven of the twelve MotoGP rounds, including the last three events.
“I have been feeling great and at ease since the last few races,” said the Colombian, a best of ninth at Indianapolis. “I'd like to follow the same line in this GP and remain in the CRT top three.
“Misano has a long home straight but the twisty bits can help us get closer to the first position. Our bike is competitive and we'll see how it goes. Anyway the most important thing is to score again and follow the same line as in the previous GPs.”