Matteo Baiocco has revealed he won't be on the World Superbike Championship grid in 2016 after losing his place in the Althea Racing team.
Having raced in World Superbikes on and off since 2009, former Italian champion Baiocco returned to the series full-time in 2015 and turned in a number of eye-catching performances on the Ducati 1199 R.
Ending the season ninth overall after comfortably out-performing highly-rated team-mates NIco Terol and Niccolo Canepa, Baiocco had hoped to continue in World Superbikes for 2016 but was frozen out of the new Althea BMW set up after it opted for Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger.
Though linked to another privateer Ducati deal in December, Baiocco has taken to his Twitter
account to confirm he won't be competing in the series this year.
Teasing that he has plans to reveal soon, Baiocco has also been linked to an available ride in British Superbikes and the World Supersport Championship.
Baiocco is one of a handful of riders to be left out of the World Superbike reckoning for 2016, with Leandro Mercado – who finished eighth overall in 2015 – heading back to the Superstock 1000 championship he won in 2014, while Ayrton Badovini is set to announce a World Supersport deal in the coming days.