I've been out of the loop for a while, but saw this was announced about 1 week's time ago on his website:
Hi guys, finally the great news, the one you have waited for all this time: I will race in Superbike, I have signed the contract with the team Alstare SUZUKI Corona Extra.! With the help of my Manager and the Francis Battà’s Team we have finalized the biennial accord and I am really happy because I know that now I belong to an important project, with a team that has already won the 2005 World Championship. I have always followed the WSBK and my view is that it is an extremely exciting championship, with technical level riders. I am back in competitive sport and I am happy to be riding for an official team - Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra. I am as determined as ever, and really want to win the Superbike World Championship. This is probably the biggest challenge of my sporting career. I know there are some scheduled test for October in Europe, so it’s only few weeks left and I’m looking forward to be riding again and see all of you there with me! I’ll talk to you soon then guys.