Loris Baz will make a return to World Superbike this weekend to replace GoEleven Ducati rider Chaz Davies. 

The Welsh rider suffered two broken ribs during a race two crash involving Kawasaki rider Lucas Mahias and was immediately transported to a local hospital.  

With Davies declared unfit for this weekend’s round ten at Jerez, the team elected to bring in Baz who is currently on similar machinery in MotoAmerica. 

The former MotoGP (2015-17) and WorldSBK rider - as recent as last season with Ten Kate Racing Yamaha - finished fourth in his debut season stateside.  

Speaking ahead of his return to the WorldSBK series, Baz added: "First of all I want to wish Chaz a quick recovery, it's never nice when a rider has an injury and I hope he gets back on the bike soon. 

"I thank Team Go Eleven for the opportunity given, as well as Ducati and my team in America, HSBK, and Ducati New York, for letting me come back to Europe earlier than expected to be able to participate in the next WorldSBK races. 

"It was a last minute deal, I still have to fix everything to take the flight, but I can't wait to be in Jerez, a track I really like, and get on the Superbike version of the Ducati V4-R. I'll do my best and give 100% as always!"

Regarding Davies' condition, the 34-year-old is expected to be back at the season finale according to Team Manager Denis Sacchetti: "I just spoke with Chaz, he's fine, but he's angry at not being able to be with us on the track. Now his goal is to recover as soon as possible for the season finale. 

"I'm sure Loris will be able to hold our flag high. He has already demonstrated what he is capable of. 

"He is a strong, fast rider, he has a lot of experience although he is still very young, and he also knows the characteristics of the V4-R, a bike with which he has just raced in the American championship. 

"I want to thank Loris for having accepted this new challenge. I can't wait to see him on the track with our colors!"