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Baiocco to stand in for Canepa

Red Devils Roma Ducati have confirmed that Matteo Baiocco will replace Niccolò Canepa for the final two rounds of the World Superbike Championship.

Canepa fractured the tibia and fibula of his right leg when he crashed last weekend at the Nurburgring and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

The Italian's bike will therefore go to Baiocco, who recently won the CIV Italian Superbike title for the second time.

"I am really happy about this great opportunity offered to me by Andrea Petricca and his team," said Baiocco.

"Being able to take part in two World Superbike rounds is always fantastic, even though I'm clearly sorry that Niccolò got hurt and I sincerely hope he can recover soon.

"I already know many of the technical staff of the Red Devils Roma team, as well as the 1198 and I hope to establish a good feeling right away.

"After winning my second Italian title I've continued training, both in the gym and on the track, carrying on with the development of the new Ducati Panigale which I tested recently at Mugello.

"For sure I'll try and get some good results, not only to repay those who put their faith in me, but also to demonstrate that my place is in World Superbike, where I hope to race permanently next season."


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