Matteo Baiocco will replace the injured Niccol? Canepa on the Red Devils Roma Ducati in the final two rounds of the World Championship.

Canepa crashed last weekend at the Nurburgring, fracturing the tibia and fibula of his right leg, an injury that means he will miss Portimao and Magny-Cours.

Andrea Petricca's team has opted to replace him with Baiocco for the final part of the season.

With considerable experience in World Superbikes and his selection as a test rider for Ducati's new 1199 Panigale, Baiocco was an easy choice for the Red Devils Roma Team.

"I am really happy about this great opportunity offered to me by Andrea Petricca and his team," declared Baiocco, who has just clinched the CIV Italian Superbike title for the second time on a Ducati.

"Being able to take part in two World Superbike rounds is always fantastic, even though I'm clearly sorry that Niccol? got hurt and I sincerely hope he can recover soon.

"I already know many of the technical staff of the Red Devils Roma team, as well as the 1198 and I hope to establish a good feeling right away," he added.

"After winning my second Italian title I've continued training, both in the gym and on the track, carrying on with the development of the new Ducati Panigale which I tested recently at Mugello.

"For sure I'll try and get some good results, not only to repay those who put their faith in me, but also to demonstrate that my place is in World Superbike, where I hope to race permanently next season."

Canepa is still being kept at Adenau hospital in Germany, where he underwent further surgery to apply a metal plate to help his recovery.