Suzuki Alstare Brux have confirmed the return of Fonsi Nieto to their team for the upcoming World Superbike round at Kyalami as a replacement for the injured Max Neukirchner.
The Spaniard has been called upon at short notice to take the place of the German, who broke his femur two days ago in an accident during the Monza round of the series.
Nieto's return comes after he was left on the sidelines by the Suzuki team following their decision to trim down to two bikes for 2009.
However, despite the familiarity of his surroundings, both the '09 specification Suzuki GSX-R1000 and the Kyalami circuit in South Africa will be new to Nieto, a challenge he is nonetheless prepared to face.
"Firstly, I want to wish Max all the best for a quick recovery" declared Nieto. " His crash at Monza was not his fault and he is lucky that the injuries are not worse than they are. I am very grateful to Francis Batta for giving me this opportunity to ride for the team again and I will do my best to repay his faith in me.
“Although I know the team, I do not know the bike because it is a completely new and different bike to last year's model. So, I will have to learn the bike and learn the track at the same time and that is not so easy, but I will do my best for sure.”
Nieto finished sixth in the overall WSBK standings in 2008, scoring a victory at the Qatar season opener in the process.