Michele Pirro has been passed fit to start his first World Superbike Championship races at Magny-Cours after hurting his back and elbow in a high-side during Superpole.

Competing in his first WSBK event this weekend, the Ducati test rider has been in impressive form aboard the Alstare Panigale, regularly challenging inside the top ten despite changeable weather conditions making his initiation to the series doubly difficult.

Indeed, the Italian was in contention for a place in SP2 when he slipped on a wet patch rounding the Imola chicane, Pirro launched into a high-side that would leave him nursing back and elbow pain.

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With the error consigning him to just outside the top nine, Pirro will instead start in tenth position, a result he was nevertheless content with.

"I'm really sorry about the crash, because we could have done well in today's Superpole. I have hurt my back, my elbow too, but luckily it isn't anything serious, just bruising really. The track was drying rapidly and I think I slipped on a small wet patch.

"It won't be easy tomorrow from the fourth row but I'll be giving it my all. The conditions will also play a part I imagine but I hope to be able to make a good start and score a good result."

Meanwhile, Ayrton Badovini will start further up the road in sixth position, the Italian having reached the final stage of qualifying for the third round in four now.

"It was a difficult Superpole. In the first phase the track was very wet and so that complicated the session. Then in the second phase the track had almost dried out but we were unable to find the right feeling in the short time available.

"It was our first opportunity to test the changes that we had made in dry conditions. Our grid position is not bad but, not having had the benefit of any dry practice sessions, it's hard to say how tomorrow's races will play out."