Michele Pirro gave his motorcycling CV a boost over the weekend by scoring points on his Moto2 World Championship debut at the Motorland Aragon circuit.
Pirro, currently eighth in the World Supersport Championship standings with Ten Kate Honda, stepped in alongside Moto2 leader Toni Elias at Gresini Racing as a replacement for the injured Vladimir Ivanov.
The Italian qualified strongly to start in eighth – ahead of Elias -, but an existing wrist injury would stymie him over a long distance, Pirro crossing the line in an eventual 14th position.
Nonetheless, having already matched Ivanov's best finish in Moto2, Pirro was overall pleased with his maiden outing.
“My wrist is incredibly painful. It wasn't too bad up to the final laps but then it was unbearable, but I am happy I made it to the end and for me this has been a fantastic experience. I want to thank the team for giving me this opportunity and I'm just sorry I couldn't do more because of the wrist.”