Jonathan Rea has officially called time on his 2013 World Superbike Championship campaign after opting against returning to action for the season finale at Jerez.

The Ulsterman has been out-of-action for more than six weeks with a broken femur following a high-speed accident during the first race at the Nurburgring, but while recovery has been going well, the decision has been taken not to rush a risk an early return.

Instead, Rea - who was recently confirmed as staying with the team for 2014 - will be back on the Pata Honda CBR1000RR for the traditional post-season test in the days after the event, a less intensive return to action that will allow him time to get reacclimatised to the machine.

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As a result, Michel Fabrizio will continue to deputise for Rea alongside Leon Haslam, the experienced Italian given a final chance to shine on the Fireblade as he heads into the winter without a confirmed ride for 2014.

"Jerez will be my last race with the Pata Honda team, so I want to continue the positive direction that we found at Magny-Cours and to finish with some good results. I found a good confidence in the bike and in my riding in France so I want to take this to Spain and finish this year in a good way.

"I have never raced at Jerez but I tested there last year on a different machine and I was very fast, so I know that the circuit suits my riding style. I wish Jonathan a good recovery and I would like to thank Honda and the Pata Honda team for this opportunity. I hope to put on a good show for everyone this weekend."