Raffaele De Rosa is aiming to make the most of his opportunity to step up to the World Superbike class with Althea Racing BMW as he acts as cover for the injured Markus Reiterberger.
The German rider suffered a compression fracture of his D12 vertebra in a nasty crash in race two at the last round in Misano and Superstock 1000 rider De Rosa will act as cover in Laguna Seca.
The Italian rider currently leads the FIM Superstock 1000 championship by five points for Althea BMW and is relishing the chance to compete on the team's Superbike machinery in America.
The former World Supersport contender has just one previous World Superbike outing to his name, in 2012 for Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda, and has never raced at the iconic Laguna Seca but is excited for the challenge and will hope to impress any potential suitors for 2017.
“I'm really pleased to have the opportunity to race with the Superbike and for this I thank Genesio and the team,” De Rosa said. “I'm really sorry for Markus and hope he can back soon to continue with his season. For now though, I admit I can't wait to get there and hope to be able to complete two good races.
“Laguna Seca will be a new experience for me and so I'm really excited. The races I've seen at the track have always stood out and are pretty spectacular.
“It's an historic track and when you ride tracks like that, like Assen or Mugello for instance, there's always a magical air to them and I expect there to be a similar feel at Laguna.”
De Rosa will line-up alongside Althea BMW regular Jordi Torres who narrowly missed out on the podium in both races at Laguna Seca last year while competing for the factory Aprilia squad.