The World Superbike grid will be another bike short when the series resumes for the 11th round of the 2009 season at the Nurburgring after DFX Ducati confirmed a single machine for Fonsi Nieto.
The Italian team started the year with a sole 1098RS for Regis Laconi, until he was forced out for the remainder of the season due to injuries sustained in a crash at Kyalami, and his replacement Lorenzo Lanzi, before doubling their efforts last time out at Brno with the addition of Nieto.
However, DFX will be reduced to one bike once again, this time for Nieto at the Nurburgring, after conceding a 'necessity to cut costs'. Lanzi is pencilled to return to the team for his home event at Imola, although Nieto is scheduled to take over for the final two events at Magny-Cours and Portimao.
Having used his time during the summer-break to sample car racing in the Le Mans Series, Nieto was pleased to be retained by DFX Corse for the Nurburgring.
“I'm very happy to be coming back to riding the DFX Ducati again,” said Nieto, who finished with a best of twelfth for Suzuki Alstare in Germany last season.
“It's a bike that, technically-speaking, has a lot of potential. I've always felt good at this track, so we are heading there with the highest expectations possible, without at the same time forgetting the very high level of difficulty of this championship.
“I'll be the only one to defend the team's colours at the Nurburgring, but I'm ready to repay the faith of all those who have made this possible.”