Lorenzo Lanzi will make a full-time return to the World Superbike Championship this season after being confirmed as the lone rider for the DFX Ducati team.
Lanzi, who joined team last season as a replacement for the injured Regis Laconi, has taken three WSBK wins during his career to date and is a veteran of more than 100 starts during a career that has seem him ride for the likes of Xerox Ducati and Team RG.
Having secured the chance to make a return to the series, Lanzi said he was keen to repay the faith shown in him by the team and admitted that it could be his final chance to impress on the WSBK stage.
"I am grateful for Daniele Carli and DFX Corse for this project, which will see me racing as sole rider of the team, in the 2010 Superbike World Championship," he said. "Last year I only did a few races with them but I could see that the team was a professional one. The knowledge that I am taking part in the entire championship allows me to tackle this commitment with the right frame of mind as well as with a desire to re-emerge once again.
“I am sure I still have something to show at an international level and on the DFX Corse Ducati 1098R I've got another chance, maybe the last one, to show what I am capable of. A big thanks to everyone who made this possible and now I leave for Australia fully motivated."
The announcement that Lanzi will ride for the team in 2010 comes after DFX revealed that Laconi is still not fit to race due to the injuries he sustained in his accident at Kyalami last season, where he suffered two fractured vertebrae and was placed into an induced coma.