World Supersport rider Christian Gamarino will join the Grillini World Superbike team for the opening five rounds of the 2018 season before Gabriele Ruiu takes over.

Italian rookie Ruiu was chosen by Grillini – who will run Suzuki machinery in 2018 – to partner the returning Roberto Rolfo for 2018, though the now 17yearold will have to wait until the Donington round before making his debut as WorldSBK rules stipulate competitors must be at least 18.

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Gamarino – who will make his WorldSBK debut at Phillip Island next year – has contested the Supersport class since 2014, and ended this year’s 600cc campaign 11th overall on 50 points with a best result of sixth in Portugal.

Losing his ride with the Evans Bros. Honda team for 2018, Gamarino will race as part of the European Supersport Cup with the Scuola Italiana Piloti MV Agusta team.

Team boss Andrea Grillini was impressed by Gamarino‘s performances in the Supersport class in recent years, and is pleased to have an allItalian lineup for the entirety of the 2018 season.

“I have always kept an eye on Christian in the Supersport races, and this year we have created the opportunity to bring him to the team,” said Grillini.

Gamarino will race with the team in the first five rounds of the championship, and I’m sure he will do well.

“After many years I find myself having an allItalian team, and I’m happy to give young talents the chance to challenge themselves in a championship as important as WorldSBK.

“I also thank Dorna, who gave me the chance to secure a place on the starting grid for these guys.”

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Gamarino‘s place at the Evan Bros. Team has been taken by Randy Krummenacher, who will return to WorldSSP after a tough rookie season in the Superbike class with the Puccetti Kawasaki outfit.

Estonian Hannes Soomer, who won the European Supersport Cup in 2017, will contest the entire WorldSSP campaign next year with the Racedays Honda team.