Leandro Mercado will return to the Superstock 1000 Championship at Silverstone this weekend after agreeing with Pedercini Kawasaki to curtail his maiden World Superbike Championship campaign.

The Argentine rider was making his debut in 2012, stepping up to the premier Superbike class with Pedercini Kawasaki despite achieving only fairly minor credits in the Superstock category in 2011.

However, though Mercado has cracked the top ten this season after finishing tenth at Assen - and is level on points with more experienced team-mate David Salom -, he has only managed to score in three races. As such, Mercado and Pedercini have mutually agreed for him to step back to the Superstock 1000 class, where he will be paired with Bryan Staring, class winner at Aragon and Brno.

Pedercini Kawasaki is yet to announce who will replace Mercado for the remaining five events, starting with this weekend's Silverstone round.