Ex-125GP World Champion Julian Simon will make his World Superbike debut this weekend at Aragon with the Milwaukee Aprilia racing team, after Lorenzo Savadori was ruled out of the race due to an injury sustained in Thailand during round two of the World Superbike Championship.
Savadori suffered a horrific highside during race two at the Chang International Circuit, which required the 2015 European Superstock Champion to wear a neck brace for a while after the incident.
The Italian rider was confident he would be fit in time for the Aragon round of the Championship, however after a medical examination at the circuit he was declared unfit by doctors and was forced to withdraw from the race weekend.
Julian Simon, who is an ex-Moto2 racer and was the 2009 125GP Champion, will fill in for the injured Savadori and race alongside Eugene Laverty. The Spaniard will be hoping for a good result as he will get to race in front of his home fans.
The 29 year old veteran is “excited” to have the opportunity to race in such a competitive event: ” It is a surprise for me, but I am very excited because it is an experience that I wanted to have, it will be my WorldSBK debut and the possibility has come with a very competitive team. I do not know how I will race because I have never competed with a 1000cc bike, but in any case I am willing to enjoy and learn. I want to thank Tito Rabat for making things easier and let me accept this participation in a WorldSBK Round, as my main job this year is as a coach with him. The Milwaukee Aprilia team have not asked for results for this weekend, so I’m just going to enjoy experience. I have no experience with this bike but we will see how it develops over the weekend. “