Marco Melandri has confirmed he will not race in this year's World Superbike Championship, leaving him without a ride for the 2016 season.
The former 250cc world champion hasn't raced since parting ways with the Aprilia MotoGP team last year, but tested for the MV Agusta WSBK squad at Jerez last November.
However, the team made it clear from the outset there was little prospect of being able to accommodate Melandri in its 2016 race line-up alongside existing rider Leon Camier.
The Briton himself told Motorsport.com that such a move would have been "100 percent a negative", as it would have diluted the limited resources available to the team.
Melandri confirmed his absence from the 2016 WSBK grid with a tweet on Wednesday morning:
The 33-year-old previously indicated he was considering a switch to four wheels if his World Superbike plans failed to materialise.
Melandri first joined WSBK in 2011 from MotoGP, picking up a total of 19 wins with the factory Yamaha, BMW and Aprilia teams in four seasons.