Ayrton Badovini has secured a World Superbike comeback after signing for Grillini Kawasaki for 2017, with a second rider expected to be announced by the team in the coming weeks.
The former Superstock 1000 Cup winner spent most this season in World Supersport, having come in at Team Lorini Honda to replace the injured Glenn Scott from round four at Assen, but was still able to finish sixth in the riders' championship with the highlight of a maiden win in the wet Sepang race.
An experienced World Superbike campaigner, Badovini will return in 2017 with Grillini Kawasaki having made his debut in the series with Team Pedercini Kawasaki in 2008. The Italian has also raced with BMW, Ducati and Bimota in World Superbikes.
"I am happy about this new venture,” Badovini said. “After several years with Andrea [Grillini, team boss] we've created the right conditions in order to build something beautiful together. We put together a good foundation, and we have the same vision for the project. I am sure that we will surprise many."
Badovini will get his first taste of action for Grillini Kawasaki at the opening winter test at Jerez on the 21st and 22nd November. Grillini Kawasaki is expected to announce its second rider in the coming weeks.