Michele Pirro has been confirmed as the substitute rider for the injured Davide Giugliano in the Aruba.it Racing Ducati squad when the World Superbike championship resumes in Jerez after a length summer break.

Giugliano is recovering from a heavy crash at Laguna Seca in which he fractured a vertebra in his back and is expected to remain out for the remainder of the season.

Pirro, fresh from his MotoGP wildcard on a factory Ducati at Misano last weekend, has already raced the Panigale R this season when he stepped in for Luca Scassa, also at Misano, grabbing two eighth place finishes.

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"I last raced at Jerez last season but although we don't have more recent references I know the track well and hope to be able to do well this weekend," the current Italian Superbike championship leader said. "It's a busy week though, considering that last weekend I raced with Bridgestone tyres at the Misano GP, then I did some testing, again at Misano, on Michelin tyres and now I'll be on track with the Panigale and the Pirellis!"

Pirro will team-mate Welsh rider Chaz Davies and the Ducati test rider expects the transition period between different tyre manufacturers and grand prix to superbike Ducatis not to be too tricky at the Spanish circuit.

"I hope I won't have too much trouble and am able to work well right from Friday's opening sessions, adapting as quickly as possible to the bike and track."

Ducati is yet to confirm whether Pirro will also replace Giugliano for the final two rounds of the season at Magny-Cours and Losail. The rider will not have any commitment clashes with the final round of the CIV Italian Superbike championship at Mugello (9-11 October) falling on the weekend between the concluding World Superbike rounds.