Following Pasini's decision not to race, Aleix Espargaro was called up by Pramac for Indy and Misano - the young Spaniard doing such a good job that the team tried to retain him for the rest of the season (see separate story).
The new test will ignite speculation that Pasini could replace Niccolo Canepa as the Italian Ducati rider in MotoGP next year, should the factory continue to want a home grown rider.
An alternative explanation is that Pasini's test is in case Stoner cannot return at Estoril, meaning Kallio would stay at the factory team for a fourth round. But if that was the case surely Pramac would again call up Espargaro, rather than Pasini.
Ducati has always had one Italian rider on a Desmosedici since its 2003 debut, but only the second Pramac seat looks available for 2010 with Casey Stoner (AUS), Nicky Hayden (USA), Hector Barbera (SPA) and Kallio (FIN) occupying the other rides.