Niccolo Canepa will return to the World Superbike Championship at Misano this weekend after being called up to replace the injured Sylvain Guintoli.
With the former title-winning Frenchman still recovering from injuries sustained in an accident during the Imola round in April, the Crescent-run team has turned to the experienced Canepa to race its YZF-R1 alongside Alex Lowes at Misano this weekend.
A promotion of sorts for Canepa, who has been racing in the Superstock 1000 series with the PATA Crescent Yamaha team for the last two races as a substitute for the injured Riccardo Russo, he is delighted to be returning to Superbike machinery on home soil.
"I'm really happy to be back in WorldSBK and with the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team. After the STK1000 podium and the victory in the Endurance World Championship this is a very good present! It is also great to have this opportunity in Italy and to race in front of the Italian fans.
“After completing the test with the Pata Yamaha team ten days ago I feel ready to ride the WorldSBK-spec YZF-R1. For sure the level in the championship is very high but I will fight as usual to do my best. I'm sorry for Sylvain but it is good that he will be joining the team for the event and I wish him a fast recovery."
Canepa, who scored a SSTK 1000 podium on the Yamaha last time out at Donington Park, is an experienced choice at WSBK level having previously competed with Red Devils Roma Ducati and Althea Ducati, while he headlined the factory Erik Buell Racing team in 2015 prior to its collapse.
Team-mate Lowes, meanwhile, will be hoping for better fortune at Misano after being forced to withdraw from Donington Park as part of a recovery from his own injuries.
In a year of injury woes for the PATA Crescent Yamaha set up, with original SSTK 1000 riders Russo and Florian Marino still ruled out, Lucas Mahias and Nicola Morrentino will compete in the Superstock class.