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Pasini to test for Ducati.

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.

Tagged as: Ducati , Pramac , Mattia Pasini

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September 21, 2009 2:52 PM

Well what this says is that if Rea wanted a moto GP seat he should have made a move to 250P class and prove himself - nothing new really Pretty much what Crutchlow is doing next year.. Pasini in MotoGP: a good thing - he deserves it


September 21, 2009 3:44 PM

I know the Championship doesn't lie, but I really believe Pasini's better than fifth place all things considered. Also, after 2007 in the 125s (which looked at the beginning destined to be his championship year) if anyone deserves a bit of good fortune, it's Mattia. Add to that that he always comes across as a really nice chap and I, for one, can't begrudge him a GP ride - I hope his arm can stand up to the bigger bikes and that he does well

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