Reigning Moto America Superbike champion Cameron Beaubier is in line to deputise for the injured Sylvain Guintoli at the British round of the World Superbike championship, Crash.net
Guintoli broke his right ankle and took a knock to the head in a spectacular high-side during qualifying at Imola, the injury putting him out of the following round in Malaysia.
The Frenchman's Pata Yamaha team confirmed on Thursday that he has not recovered sufficiently for next weekend's Donington Park event - and it seems Beaubier is at the top of their list of replacements.
The 23-year-old has long been spoken of as the USA's next up-and-coming talent, but has not appeared on the world stage since the final round of his sole grand prix season in 2009. Next weekend should change that, with the highly-regarded youngster a key favourite of Yamaha USA and having long been seen as one of their key talents.
Coming off his championship winning year in 2015, Beaubier - riding the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF R1 - sits second in the current standings, just eleven points behind team-mate Josh Hayes.
previously heard Beaubier's name touted as a possible replacement for Guintoli in Malaysia, but the event clashed with his Moto America commitments. Instead, the Californian was triumphant that weekend in the second race in Virginia.
Beaubier looks set to partner the injured Alex Lowes at Donington. Lowes underwent surgery after breaking his left collarbone in the wet second race at Sepang, but is confident of riding through the pain at his and the Crescent team's home round.