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Mugello: Pirro reverts back to Ducati 'lab bike'
29 May 2013
Ducati test rider Michele Pirro will compete in his third consecutive MotoGP race at Mugello this weekend.
Pirro is making his second wildcard appearance of the season on the Desmosedici GP13 'lab bike' in the wake of his debut at Jerez.
He also stood in for Ignite Pramac Racing's Ben Spies at Le Mans, finishing eight in the wet conditions at the French track on the standard GP13.
Pirro said: “First of all, I'm very happy to be making my second wildcard ride, and I'd like to thank Ducati for this opportunity.
“At Le Mans I did my best to adapt to the standard GP13, which I find quite different from the development version that I'll be going back to this weekend.
“Mugello is close to Ducati's offices, and we've done a lot of testing there, so I'm ready for the race,” he added.
“Doing the last two races in a row has helped to prepare me, so I hope to be able to gather some good data for the team and to be closer to the top guys with my lap times.
“It would be great to do a good result in front of the Italian fans, in order to show that we're working in the right way with the bike.”
Vittoriano Guareschi, Ducati team manager, said the potential for hot weather at Mugello could affect the set-up data gathered by the team at an earlier test there this month, which was held in cool conditions.
“Mugello is our home race. We were able to do a test there earlier this month, so we already have an idea about the set-up we'll use,” he said.
“It could be hot at Mugello in June, and that might be a variable since it was fairly cool when we tested.
“Still, both Nicky [Hayden] and Andrea [Dovizioso] did a good job at the test, and we have good data from them and our test riders, so we expect to have a good race.
“As for support, there will be many people from Ducati at Mugello, along with a lot of Ducati fans, and everyone in our grandstand always does something special to demonstrate their enthusiasm,” he added.
“We'll see what they've come up with for this year!”