Former 125GP World Champion and Moto2 race winner Nico Terol appears set for a move into the World Superbike Championship in 2015 as part of the Althea Racing team.
The Spaniard, who was a three-time race winner in his second season of Moto2 racing last year with Aspar, has endured a dismal year in 2014, scoring just two points with a single points' finish and currently languishes down in 28th overall.
As a result, the 26-year-old – who also went down in history as the last-ever 125GP champion in 2011 – appears set for a change of direction in his motorcycling career with Spanish media, including MotoWorld.es
reporting he is close to a deal that will see him ride at Ducati 1199 Panigale in WSBK next year.
Joining former champions Althea Racing, Terol is tipped to be part of an expanded two rider line-up for the Italian team, though it is uncertain whether current rider Niccolo Canepa will remain, with experienced MotoGP and Moto2 rider Alex de Angelis believed to be in the running too.
Ducati is expected to have increased representation in 2015, with Barni Racing almost certainly stepping up to the WSBK class after winning the 2014 FIM SSTK 1000 title, while 3C is also considering occasional entries after an impressive wildcard showing in Magny-Cours.