Toni Elias will return to Moto2 action for the final four rounds of the 2012 season.

According to Motociclismo, the inaugural 2010 champion - who split from the Aspar team after Mugello, then substituted for the injured Hector Barbera at the Pramac Ducati MotoGP team - is to race for the Italtrans Kalex squad in place of Claudio Corti.

Corti is tenth in the championship with one podium this year, a second place in the wet at Le Mans. Japanese Takaaki Nakagami rides the other Italtrans entry.

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Elias had also been linked with a return to Gresini, with whom he won the Moto2 title on a Moriwaki chassis. However Gresini switched to Suter earlier in the year, the same brand that Elias struggled to adapt to at Aspar.

Elias may be viewing the Italtrans ride as a short-term fix, with Motociclismo also reporting that fellow Spaniard Julian Simon - currently at Avintia Blusens - has signed with the team for 2013 season.

Simon is said to be keen to ride a Kalex.

Barbera is expected to ride for Avintia in MotoGP next year.