Michele Pirro will make his World Superbike Championship debut at Magny-Cours aboard the Alstare Ducati..
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Ducati test rider Michele Pirro will compete in his third consecutive MotoGP race at Mugello this weekend.
Pirro is making his second wildcard appearance of the season on the Desmosedici GP13 'lab bike' in the wake of his debut at Jerez.
He also stood in for Ignite Pramac Racing's Ben Spies at Le Mans, finishing eight in the wet conditions at the French track on the standard GP13.
Pirro said: “First of all, I'm very happy to be making my second wildcard ride, and I'd like to thank Ducati for this opportunity.
Michele Pirro will get his second MotoGP wildcard outing on Ducati's development bike this weekend at Mugello.
The factory rider made the first of three such outings at Jerez in early May, where he finished 11th overall.
He also stood in for the injured Ben Spies in Ducati's satellite Pramac squad at Le Mans, finishing just behind reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo in eighth.
Pirro, whose final wildcard appearance will come at Misano in September, said he hoped to move closer to the sharp end of the field even if gathering data remains his priority.
"First of all, I'm very happy to be making my second wildcard ride, and I'd like to thank Ducati for this opportunity," Pirro said...(more HERE)
Ducati is considering hiring Gresini CRT rider Michele Pirro for a test and reserve role.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the 26-year-old Italian, a Moto2 graduate, would get a handful of MotoGP and Superbike World Championship races for Ducati next year alongside his test duties, ahead of a full-season ride in 2014.
Ducati team boss Vito Guareschi confirmed that Pirro was in the squad's sights.
"We have liked his approach and the indications he gave us," Guareschi told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"He is a potential jack of all trades, so having him on our bench would be important.
"I was a rider, I did get to that crossroad. Sometimes a step back with your career in mind can become a step forward."
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