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Pirro moves to Ducati as test rider

Michele Pirro to swap Gresini CRT for Ducati test rider role.
Michele Pirro, who has spent his debut MotoGP season on Gresini's CRT specification FTR-Honda, will switch to the role of official Ducati test rider for 2013.

Pirro clinched the deal after testing for Ducati earlier this year, and has no regrets about stepping back from racing.

The 26-year-old Italian told GPOne.com: "Thinking that if everything goes well you can finish 13th is a frustrating feeling" adding, "I'll do two or three races as a wild-card with the Desmosedici."

Pirro is 15th in the championship standings and the third best CRT behind Aspar Aprilia team-mates Aleix Espargaro and Randy de Puniet. The 2011 Valencia Moto2 race winner has claimed a best finish of ninth place at Assen.

Pirro is expected to join, rather than replace, present Ducati test rider Franco Battaini.



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Ben1

October 25, 2012 3:41 PM

I believe it's some kind of a step back. I consider him not a genius but a talented fast rider, who should improve as full-time rider. Test riders usually have much more experience. A little pessimistic about the wild-cards, it's not usual for Ducati. What's more likely, if one of their full-time riders injuries, Pirro can take his place (hopefully not like Kenny Noyes took Barbera's). On the other hand, it looks like Yonny Hernandez will move to the Gresini CRT. Wonder what happened with San Carlo wanting an Italian rider.

petrolbonce

October 26, 2012 2:57 PM

Yes he'll get to race a few times, if only as a replacement rider for injured Ducati riders. I don't think, however, that this is a good long term career move. He's hardly keeping his name out there and his stock high by mostly riding behind closed doors.



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