The Italian youngster will make his debut in WorldSBK whilst Tati Mercado recovers
Following the collision between Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and Leandro Mercado (Motocorsa Racing) in the Tissot Superpole Race on the opening lap, Mercado will be replaced for the Pirelli Teruel Round. The Argentinean rider will aim to recover back to full fitness as soon as possible but for this coming weekend, 2019 MotoE™ World Cup Winner Matteo Ferrari will make his debut and deputise for the injured Mercado.
Ferrari is a race winner in the now defunct FIM European Superstock 1000 Cup from 2018 on a Ducati and will be onboard the Panigale V4 R this weekend for the Motocorsa Racing squad. The 23-year-old has been a regular competitor in Moto3™ too and will be hoping to pull all of his racing experience together this weekend and make a memorable WorldSBK debut.
Team manager for Motocorsa Racing, Lorenzo Mauri, commented on the “difficult decision” and said: "The accident on Sunday that led to the collision between Tom Sykes and our rider Tati Mercado forced me to make the difficult decision to replace Tati for the Pirelli Teruel Round. I know very well that he wanted to take part in the entire weekend, but my fear is primarily his health.
I don’t want to risk compromising next weekend by straining his left ankle; I prefer to stop it now and return it to 100% in the next round on the track in Barcelona where we will continue the work done so far. Tati will return to Italy to begin the necessary medical treatments and treatments to ensure his complete recovery."
Tati joins the injured Sandro Cortese (OUTDO TPR Kawasaki) on the side-lines for the event, after the German star was injured after a crash at Portimao. We wish them both a speedy recovery and await their return.
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