Luca Scassa will step in for the injured Davide Giugliano at Magny-Cours for the penultimate round of the 2015 World Superbike championship, with Javier Fores taking over for the finale at Losail.

Giugliano, who along with Chaz Davies recently re-signed for the Ducati for 2016, continues to recover from a fractured vertebra suffered in a nasty crash at Laguna Seca in July.

The Italian rider is expected to be allowed to remove his orthopaedic neck brace in two weeks and will resume some light training on his way back to full fitness.

As a result, Scassa will ride in place of Giugliano at the French event after completing a recent mid-season test at Jerez for Ducati. The Italian will then hand over to Spaniard Fores, who has recently finished his campaign in the German IDM Superbike championship with Ducati for Team 3C Racing. Fores has already stepped in for Giugliano this season at Aragon and Assen, notching up consistent top eight results.

Despite missing the majority of the season through injury Giugliano remains upbeat, already focusing on his preparations for next year and has an outside chance of taking part in 2015 winter testing with the factory Ducati squad.

"My recovery is going well but it is a long process," Giugliano said. "I intend to do everything exactly as the doctors tell me, so that I can return to 100% fitness and be able to be competitive next season.

"Once the brace comes off, I hope that I can start training, step by step of course, a little at a time I would like to be ready for the final winter tests of 2015 but we don't know yet. We'll see in late November and if it's not possible then I'll focus on preparing to return in January 2016."

Scassa missed out on an opportunity to race the Ducati Panigale R in WSBK as a wildcard at Misano in June but was ruled out of the races with a fractured collarbone suffered in a crash in FP2.

"First of all I want to thank the team for this opportunity. Since my wildcard at Misano I hadn't been able to do a lot due to my fractured collarbone, until the Jerez test that is, where I had a lot of fun," Scassa said. "We started with the set-up that Pirro used for the races, before making modifications to adapt it gradually to my riding style. The bike has seen some updates since June and I hope to be able to improve in each session."

Fores, who has experience of competing at Losail in Qatar having raced there in World Supersport and Moto2, is intrigued to take on the challenge of riding at night.

"I will aim to at least equal the results obtained at Arag?n and Assen, but would like to do more," Fores said. "Finishing inside the top five would be a great result. The bike has improved since I got off it at Assen, so I can't wait to get started."



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