Former 125cc World Champion Julian Simon will make his World Superbike debut this weekend as he joins the Milwaukee Aprilia team in place of the injured Lorenzo Savadori.
Savadori is set to miss the weekend after injuries sustained in the dramatic crash that brought out the red flags in the second race in Thailand two weeks ago.
Simon won the 125cc Grand Prix World Championship with Aprilia in 2009, so is no stranger to the Noale factory but the weekend will mark his first time racing in the superbike class.
After taking the 125cc title in 2009, the Spaniard moved up to the Moto2 class in which he finished third in its inaugural year. However, after an injury plagued 2011 season Simon’s fortune changed. He was unable to secure a debut Moto2 win and went on to score just three podiums between 2012 and 2016.
He’d initially been set to sit out for the 2016 season until a last minute call up saw him replace Ikker Lecuona in the Garage Plus Interwetten Moto2 team at Qatar.
The first two rounds of the 2017 season have been tough for the Milwaukee Aprilia squad, with neither Laverty nor Savadori currently holding top ten championship positions after a highest result of eighth for the Irishman at Phillip Island.
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