Davide Giugliano has secured a deal with Red Bull Honda to race alongside Stefan Bradl at the Lausitzring round after impressing the team in last week’s in-season test.

The Italian rider began 2017 in the MCE British Superbike championship with Tyco BMW but after suffering neck injuries in a nasty crash in round two at Brands Hatch Indy he failed to return to action before agreeing a mutual split from the team a few weeks ago.

Giugliano has been spotted in the World Superbike paddock hunting a potential comeback and was handed a late test with Red Bull Honda as the Ten Kate Racing-run squad was without regular rider Bradl who was away racing at the Suzuka 8 Hours – only to be ruled out with an inner ear infection.

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After impressing the factory Honda team at the Lausitzring test, Red Bull Honda has moved to sign the Italian rider for the German round with the potential of completing the 2017 campaign.

“I’m really happy with this opportunity to race at Lausitzring with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team,” Giugliano said. “After the good test we had there last week, I was hoping to get a chance to compete with them and I’m grateful to have received it.

“I’m back to a good level of form and cannot wait to get started. I would like to thank Honda and Ten Kate for making this happen and I will do my best to make this opportunity worthwhile for all of us.”

Giugliano has five years of WorldSBK experience with 112 race starts, 14 podiums and five pole positions. Red Bull Honda has been without two full-time riders since the tragic death of Nicky Hayden in May, but did hand American rider Jake Gagne an outing for the Laguna Seca round last month alongside Bradl.