Toni Elias could be on his way to the World Superbike Championship in 2012 having been linked with a move to potential Superstock graduates Barni Racing.
The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move to the international production series having struggled for pace on the LCR Honda in MotoGP, while a return back to the Moto2 World Championship he dominated in 2010 is not considered a viable option.
As such, Elias made his WSBK-intentions known with a surprise test outing on the BMW Italia at Misano, though the Spaniard reportedly struggled to adapt to the four-cylinder S1000RR machine.
Nonetheless, according to Moto.it
, Elias is now being tipped to become part of the Effenbert-Liberty operation for 2012, which in turn is evaluating the possibility of expanding to four bikes.
With no team allowed to run more than two bikes under the same name, the Czech-based team is considering a link-up with Superstock front runner and Italian Superbike Championship leaders Barni Racing about the possibility of assuming a third and fourth Ducati.
Elias would likely slot into the 'Barni' team alongside Danilo Petrucci, who currently sits second in the SSTK 1000 standings behind new champion Davide Giugliano with one round remaining.
is also reporting that Michel Fabrizio and Maxime Berger are being considered for a spot at Pedercini Kawasaki alongside its impressive rookie Mark Aitchison.