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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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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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