Damian Cudlin has been announced as Paul Bird Motorsport's replacement for Pramac Ducati-bound Yonny Hernandez ahead of this weekend's Aragon Grand Prix.

The Australian - whose only MotoGP start came in 2011 when he rode the Pramac Ducati in the Japanese Grand Prix, Cudlin being forced to withdraw from an Aspar Ducati ride at the following Phillip island round due to injury - will jump aboard PBM's own Aprilia-powered chassis and join Michael Laverty, who in turn assumes the full-specification ART bike formerly ridden by Hernandez.

Beyond his MotoGP outing, the Australian has made sporadic appearances in the GP paddock in recent years, with a handful of Moto2 starts under his belt.

More recently he has enjoyed success racing in the domestic German Supersport and Superbike Championship, as well as the World Endurance series, while he raced a PTR Honda in the World Supersport Championship earlier in the month.

"PBM are looking forward to working with Damian at the Aragon and Phillip Island GPs where he will race the PBM bikes," said team technical director Phil Borley. "With his experience and knowledge, we hope to continue the development of our bike and have a positive weekend together.

"Unfortunately we will not have the chance to test before the race and so the first sessions will be important for Damian to acclimatise to the bike, the Bridgestone tyres and carbon brakes. Our target will be to improve Damian's feeling in each session and give him a bike he is confident to race.

"Michael will switch to the ART bikes for the next races, as his feeling was positive when he tested them after the Misano race and we are interested to see if we can improve on our recent results."

Cudlin won't be the only unfamiliar face to line up on the grid in Spain with Luca Scassa having been confirmed as the replacement for the injured Karel Abraham at Cardion AB Motoracing.



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