Xavi Fores will ride the factory Aruba.it Ducati for the next two rounds of the World Superbike Championship at Aragon and Assen, as Davide Giugliano continues his recovery from injury.

Giugliano is yet to race in 2015 after suffering injuries in a crash during pre-season testing, the Italian famously replaced by Troy Bayliss at Phillip Island and in Thailand after coming out of retirement for a surprise two-event stint.

However, having announced plans to return to retirement, Ducati has called upon factory-supported IDM Superbike rider Fores to ride the 1199 Panigale for the back-to-back Aragon and Assen events.

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It will be a second appearance with the official Ducati outfit for Fores after he raced the then-Alstare prepared bike at Magny-Cours in 2013, though he was most recently seen with the 3C Ducati team he races in the German-based Superbike series at the same circuit last year.

"I'm really pleased to have this opportunity with the factory team," he said. "I couldn't wait to get back to racing after the final round of the 2014 IDM and so I've been training hard over the winter. The fact that my first race of the 2015 season will be run at Arag?n is fantastic because I'll be racing at home in Spain, at a track I really enjoy.

"I also know Assen well, and was fast in the IDM race held there last year, so I'm confident I'll be able to do well. I can't wait to get on track and thank my team, the 3C Racing Team, and of course the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team for putting their faith in me."

Ducati also gave an update on Giugliano's condition, revealing he is on course to return to competitive action alongside Chaz Davies for his home round of Imola.

"Davide Giugliano's recovery continues, and the Italian rider was examined at the Policlinico di Modena just a few days ago. Prof. Fabio Catani has confirmed that Davide is making good progress and will be able to resume his training as of this week."