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French WSBK: Mixed debut for Ducati rider Pirro

'Considering it was all new for me this weekend and considering the difficult weather conditions, I can say that I've learned a lot - even if I hoped to do better in the races' - Michele Pirro
Ducati MotoGP test rider Michele Pirro was left to reflect on a mixed World Superbike debut at Magny-Cours in France.

Pirro, who was drafted into the Alstare Ducati team as a replacement for the injured Carlos Checa, earned a solid sixth place finish in race one before sliding off on the third lap in race two.

The Italian rider was struggling with a back injury following a spill during practice at the French circuit and admitted he had 'hoped to do better' in his maiden WSBK outing.

“We were unlucky today and my physical condition after yesterday's crash surely didn't help,” said Pirro, who qualified in tenth position.

“After race one my back was very painful and I had to take painkillers for the second – that then finished badly.

“We needed a practice session in dry conditions, in order to better prepare for today's dry races.

“Anyway, considering it was all new for me this weekend, and considering the difficult weather conditions, I can say that I've learned a lot, even if I hoped to do better in the races,” added Pirro, who is hoping for another opportunity to ride for the team.

“I hope to have another opportunity to race, because with more time and experience I think I can do better.”

Pirro has filled in for injured American Ben Spies on numerous occasions on the Pramac machine in MotoGP this season.




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voiceofreason2013

October 07, 2013 4:21 PM

Seems Ducati have been making improvements over the pat few rounds, it seems to be as well after they drafted in Canepa and Pirro. I hope its a change in the bike rather than the absence of Checa good to see them mixing with the chasing group anyway with the Aprilias and Suzukis, good winter of testing and hopefully a good challenge next year!

Ben1

October 07, 2013 2:09 PM

His test duties include riding the SBK Ducati too or only the GP bike? His first race was great, making a bad start then improving positions. He was good in the battles and beat his team-mate. Race two was another bad start, but I think the outcome would have been the same if he didn't crash.



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