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Pirro hoping for San Marino confidence boost

'I had to use the second bike [at Silverstone] and with the different settings and the lost confidence... I had a slower pace again' - Michele Pirro
Michele Pirro is seeking a confidence boost at San Marino next weekend after a tough time at the British MotoGP at Silverstone.

Pirro, who is filling in for the injured Ben Spies in the Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati team, finished 12th on Sunday but was over one minute behind race winner Jorge Lorenzo on the Factory Yamaha.

The Italian rider went down during morning warm-up and was forced to switch to his number two machine for the race, denting his confidence.

“This morning I felt good with the bike, so it's a shame that things went as they did,” Pirro said after Sunday's race.

“I had found a good feeling but I had an unexpected fall. I had to use the second bike for the race and, with the different settings and the lost confidence following this morning's crash, I had a slower pace again.

“Fortunately, from mid-race onwards, I moved up some positions and found a good rhythm. Thanks a lot to the team for preparing the bike for the race; I hope to do much better at Misano.”

Pirro finished the race directly behind team-mate Andrea Iannone, who is still struggling with a shoulder injury.


Tagged as: Lorenzo , Pirro , Ben Spies , Iannone

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akaDan10

September 05, 2013 1:06 PM

Pirro really has landed on his feet after leaving the Gresini CRT ride last year. He's gone from CRT also-ran to basically a factory backed Pramac rider. Even being refered to as "Ignite Pramac Racing's Michele Pirro". Of course, his best ever GP finish being a 5th on the Fireblade-CRT doesn't do much for the Ducati's 'also ran' status, mind, regardless of the conditions.

LLarry

September 06, 2013 8:47 AM

It has worked out well for Pirro. As a test rider he gets paid a salary unlike a lot of guys in the paddock who actually have to bring in money to a team and live on 'personal' sponsorship. And he has got to race a prototype in pretty much every GP this year what with Spies et al always throwing it down the road. All good experience for the guy.



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