Alex Cudlin will make his World Superbike Championship debut during the 2014 season-ending round in Qatar after being called up to fill the vacant Pedercini Kawasaki ride.

The Australian has an intimate knowledge of the Losail circuit - which returns to the WSBK schedule after an absence of five years - having clinched four Qatar Superbike Championships and enjoyed success in the Endurance World Championship.

Older brother of former GP rider Damian, Alex Cudlin will ride the EVO-specification Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R alongside Alessandro Andreozzi and described the deal as a 'dream come true'

"I'm extremely happy to be making my World Superbike debut in two weeks," said Cudlin, who will continue to compete in the supporting Qatari Superbike Championship on the same weekend. "It really is a dream come true to race in World Superbike Championship.

"Lucio (Pedercini) contacted me last week and asked if I'd be interested in riding for him, so then it was just a matter of working out a deal and also lining up my Qatar Championship duties to coincide. - I have to sincerely thank not only Pedercini Racing Team but also my QMMF team, because without them giving me permission to race both Championships it would just still be a dream.

"I know this circuit like the back of my hand but I know for sure it will be very tricky to swap from a Qatar Superbike spec bike on Dunlop tyres to a World Superbike EVO spec bike of Pirelli tyres. I aim to be as competitive as possible and in all honesty just enjoy myself and take in the moment as it will be very surreal."

Cudlin is the latest rider to compete in place of Luca Scassa, who has missed much of the 2014 WSBK season through injury. Fabien Foret rode the ZX-10R last time out at Magny-Cours in what would become his final WSBK appearance before retiring from the series.



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