Australian Ant West will stand in for the injured Randy Krummenacher at Puccetti Racing for the rest of the 2017 World Superbike season.
World Supersport race winner Krummenacher stepped up to WorldSBK this year with Puccetti after a strong rookie campaign in the 600cc class in 2016.
2017 has proven tough aboard the Puccetti-run ZX-10RR, however, with the Swiss rider scoring just three top 10 finishes.
A crash during third practice at the Lausitzring last month left Krummenacher with damage to his wrist which required surgery, forcing him to withdraw from the remaining four rounds of the 2017 season.
West – who made six WorldSBK appearances last year with Pedercini Kawasaki – has struggled for much of this year to fund his WorldSSP assault, but still managed a podium at his home round at Phillip Island.
“I am very happy with this opportunity to return to World Superbike riding a Kawasaki with a strong team like Puccetti,” the Australian said.
“I would also like to thank my EAB WEST RACING team for understanding my needs and giving me the chance to take this opportunity.
“Bakel Ferry and Peiro have been working hard to be able to continue running in Supersport this year, so it’s also thanks to their efforts that I need this opporttunity to return to Superbike.
“I’m excited to finish the season with a new bike and a new team, I’m looking forward to arriving in Portugal and getting to know the Puccetti Racing team.”
Puccetti’s plans for the 2018 season remain unclear at present, with a number of riders in line to ride for the team – which is expected to enter two bikes – next year.
Former WorldSBK rider and current British Superbike championship contender Leon Haslam – who scored a podium at Donington earlier in the year for Puccetti as a wildcard – has been strongly linked to the team for next year, as has 2014 WorldSBK champion Sylvain Guintoli.
It is thought the injured Krummenacher will not return to the team in 2018.