Michele Pirro admits to feeling 'nervous' prior to making his CRT debut in MotoGP in Qatar this weekend.
The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider will use a Honda CBR1000RR engine in an FTR chassis as he takes on a new challenge in his career.
Pirro has only ridden the machine three times and has been plagued by teething problems, but he is encouraged by the glimpses of potential he has experienced on the bike.
“I am feeling nervous but excited ahead of this new challenge. Obviously I know I don't have the means to run at the front but I will be giving my all to be amongst the best of the CRT entrants,” he said.
“Unfortunately we only have 500km on the clock so we know we have a lot of work to do with the new bike, but we know the potential is there and we will do everything we can to be as competitive as possible in Qatar.
“The team are working hard, with a lot of enthusiasm and I am getting along well with all the guys so I am sure we can take a big step forward from Jerez. I like the circuit and racing at night is appealing.”