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MotoGP: Pirro stands in for injured Petrucci at Pramac

Pramac Racing has officially confirmed that Ducati test rider Michele Pirro will replace the injured Danilo Petrucci throughout his recovery.
Pramac has officially confirmed that Ducati test rider Michele Pirro will replace Danilo Petrucci until his return from a second round of hand surgery.

Petrucci, who had impressed during pre-season testing on the team's Desmosedici GP15, sustained multiple fractures in his right hand during a testing fall at Phillip Island last month, but travelled to Losail to try and compete in the season opener.

Initial results were positive, but Petrucci was left in pain at the end of FP3 and a subsequent X-ray showed a dislocated bone segment of the third metacarpal, meaning some fractures that had been sealed by surgery had re-opened under the stress of riding.

Petrucci underwent a second operation on Monday and will definitely sit out the upcoming Argentina round. Indeed, sources close to the team fear he will not be fit until round five at Le Mans.

Following speculation that Ducati test rider and retired double world champion Casey Stoner might step in, something the Australian ruled out during private testing in Qatar on Monday, Pramac has now declared that Pirro 'will run until the return of Petrux'.

Pirro entered three MotoGPs last year with the GP15 – as used by Pramac this season - taking points finishes at Mugello and Valencia. He also qualified an excellent fifth at Misano, but suffered technical problems on the grid.



Tagged as: Pirro , Casey Stoner , Petrucci

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DBL

March 23, 2016 10:34 PM
Last Edited 6 days ago

Rowdy75:
Charvis65: Redding has not had a MotoGP season - or even a race- with a team-mate before.
His first season in motogp was with Gresini Honda, Bautista was his team mate.
Although Bautista was on a factory spec Honda, Redding was on the customer open Honda, different bikes, different settings. So he has not had a team mate to compare race data and settings with yet.

hoppy

March 23, 2016 6:47 PM

Seems fair to me. A local hotshot as a wildcard in his home race is fully understandable and welcome. A retired World Champion ? Maybe not. A retired champ who is still faster than the factory riders?



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