Luca Scassa could return to the World Superbike Championship in 2015 after being handed a two-day test with Ducati in Jerez.
A relative veteran of the World Superbike racing paddock having started 57 WSBK races and 22 WSS races over the years, Scassa returned to Superbikes with Pedercini Kawasaki in 2014, but a crash during testing for a prospective MotoGP ride left him with a series of injuries that would ultimately rule him out for the remainder of the season.
Nonetheless, the Italian is back to full strength and was granted the chance to sample the 1199 Panigale alongside Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano over two days of the Jerez test.
The manufacturer says it is evaluating whether to run the 31 year-old in 2015, though it isn't clear whether this would be with a third factory machine or with a satellite outfit.
Should Scassa receive a Ducati to ride, it will further swell the manufacturer's presence, which already has five entries – the official Ducati SBK team, two Althea Racing bikes and a Barni machine.