Former WSBK and 250cc grand prix winner Fonsi Nieto, who has taken part in three rounds of this year's 2009 World Superbike Championship for Alstare Suzuki, will switch to DFX Ducati for this week's Imola test and the following Brno round.
The Spaniard will ride alongside Lorenzo Lanzi
in an expanded two bike line-up, Lanzi having previously been called up to replace the injured Regis Laconi. Although nothing is formally agreed, Nieto hopes to finish the year for the DFX team.
"I am really happy about this chance to return to the Superbike World Championship with a competitive bike" declared Nieto. "I'm back on a Ducati again after four years, the last time was the in 2005 with a 999 run by Stefano Caracchi.
“Imola is a very difficult track, for me what is important in the next couple of days is to regain confidence with a twin-cylinder bike so I can race at Brno with as much mileage behind me as possible. For the moment the programme doesn't include anything else, but it's logical that we are working to finish the season together."
"For the moment the collaboration with Fonsi Nieto
only includes the Imola test and the Brno race, for the future we still have to decide,” confirmed team manager Daniele Carli. “I wish to underline that the Spanish rider will flank Lorenzo Lanzi
and therefore my team will be present in the Czech Republic with two riders. We want to keep the high standard for our group and we are sure that with two riders of this calibre the DFX Corse team will again be able to obtain the results it deserves."
However, Nieto's arrival means that Matteo Baiocco, who was due to test for DFX at Imola, is without a seat.