Toni Elias looks set to be granted a late entry to the 2014 World Superbike Championship after Red Devils Roma team manager Andrea Petricca revealed it is close to securing its place on the grid.
Elias's hopes of securing a 2014 WSBK ride looked to be hanging in the balance after Red Devils Roma, his preferred choice after a strong four rounds together towards the end of the 2013 season, appeared set to withdraw for financial reasons.
However, with the opening round of the season now just a month away, Red Devils Roma had been hinting at a potential development in recent days after posting ambiguous messages on its official Facebook
page suggesting plans were afoot.
Now team manager Andrea Petricca has given an interview to Moto.it
to reveal it is close to finalising a deal that will see Elias riding a customer Aprilia RSV4 in the main championship class.
"Our goal is to be present in the 2014 World Superbike Championship from the first race in Australia, with Toni Elias and the Aprilia RSV4.
“We are finalising the last details and we know that often the small detail can make a difference. Therefore, this is a delicate and important phase. However I can say that I have a team and a pilot certainly very determined to do well in this new season."
Should this prove to be the case, former Moto2 champion Elias will be the only true satellite entry in the championship class, with the remaining satellite bikes to be EVO-specification.
It will also prove a significant boon for series organisers Dorna to have a high profile Spanish rider on the grid following the retirement of former champion Carlos Checa.