Others to look out for this weekend will be Lorenzo Lanzi, who performed well at Misano last season, as well as Roberto Rolfo, who had a top five result too.
PSG-1 Kawasaki are also chasing an improvement in results at Misano, which acts as the San Marino-based team's home round. After a decent top ten showing at the Nurburgring, the top five now beckons for Regis Laconi and Makoto Tamada.
Finally, the World Superbike Championship welcomes back Luca Morelli and says hello to Norino Brignola. Morelli, who was dropped by Alto Evolution Honda earlier this year, will see out the season with D.F. Racing after Russell Holland decided to step down to Supersport instead. Brignola, meanwhile, makes his WSBK debut aboard the Grillini Yamaha in place of the axed Loic Napoleone.