Karl Muggeridge will make a belated return to the World Superbike Championship at Portimao this weekend after being lined up as the replacement for the injured Ruben Xaus at Castrol Honda.
The Australian will make his first WSBK appearance since he competed in a handful of rounds for Suzuki Alstare towards the end of 2009 in place of Xaus, who injured his neck in an accident at the previous Magny-Cours event.
Muggeridge's return to WSBK competition comes after he was supposed to deputise for Xaus at the Silverstone round earlier this year. However, Muggeridge would go on to injure himself in a training accident prior to the event, prompting him to pull out of the ride.
Nonetheless, having now concluded his second season in the German-based IDM Superbike Championship, Muggeridge is ready to get back on the international stage.
“Obviously, I'm sorry for Ruben because it's never good to miss out through injury, especially the last round of the season,” the former World Supersport Champion said. “However, I hope I can bring something positive to the team to help the guys finish the year on a good note. I've got no pre-conceived ideas on where I should be over the weekend, so we'll just take each session as it comes and try to make some steps forward in each one.
“I haven't ridden at Portimao since the first race here in 2008 and the CBR that I've been riding in the German championship is a quite different bike to the current Castrol Honda version. So it's a big task but one that I'm determined to make the most of.”