Former factory World Superbike racer Davide Giugliano has been announced as the injured Eugene Laverty’s replacement at Aprilia for at least the next two rounds.

Laverty suffered a broken pelvis as a result of a violent crash at the last round of the World Superbike Championship at the Buriram Circuit in Thailand and is currently recovering at home.

The 14-time WSBK podium finisher is confirmed to race at both the next round at Aragon and the following race weekend at Assen, while it is currently undecided whether he will race at Imola in May.

Giugliano last appeared in the championship last year as a stand-in for Stefan Bradl at Ten Kate Honda, when the German suffered an injury ahead of the Lausitzring round.

The Italian’s last full season was with the factory Ducati team in 2016 and also spent a brief spell in the British Superbike Championship last year with the Tyco BMW team, before leaving after the second round due to injury.

“First of all I’m sorry for what happened to Eugene in Thailand and I hope he can get back on his bike as soon as possible,” said Giugliano.

“I want to thank Shaun Muir and the Milwaukee Aprilia team for allowing me to stand in and for their cooperation. We only have a short time to prepare but the upcoming rounds are at tracks I know very well, and I have great confidence in the experience and professionalism of the crew.”