Ayrton Badovini will return to the World Superbike Championship for the third round of the 2015 season after being called up to replace the out of favour Sylvain Barrier at BMW Italia.

The Italian was originally signed to race as part of the Dominican Republic-funded JR Racing project for 2015, but its failure to materialise over the winter has prompted BMW Italia to lure him back to their fold, three years after they last competed together.

Indeed, Badovini is no stranger to BMW Italia having clinched a dominant Superstock 1000 title with the outfit in 2010 before competing with the team in World Superbikes in 2011 and 2012.

Badovini takes over from Barrier, who has ended his long association with BMW Italia - which stretches back to 2010 and yielded two Superstock 1000 titles in 2012 and 2013 - following a difficult start to the season.

"The BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team is announcing that, starting with the next round in the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, on the calendar for 10-12 April at Motorland Aragon in Spain, Ayrton Badovini will be on track astride the Italian team's BMW S 1000 RR,'reads a press release from the team.

"The team thanks Sylvain Barrier for his commitment over the last few years and the two titles in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, and wishes him good luck in continuing his career."

A former team-mate Barrier's in Superstock, Badovini says he is delighted to land a full-time return to World Superbikes, but is regretful to be replacing the Frenchman.

"I am really happy to have this opportunity and to be back in the BMW family which has given me so much in the past," Badovini says. "After all of the bad luck I have had over the last year, it has finally turned into some very good news. I am sorry to replace Sylvain; I would have preferred to join him in the team. We will work hard and I hope to be quick straight out of the box - because that is everybody's goal."

Badovini's best result with BMW Italia in two seasons of racing was a third place finish at Silverstone in 2012.



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