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Ducati ride a ‘true honour’ for Espargaró

Ducati ride a ‘true honour’ for Espargaró

Young Spaniard Aleix Espargaró is looking forward to his MotoGP debut with Pramac Racing at Indianapolis this weekend.

Pramac Racing’s temporary replacement for Mika Kallio, Aleix Espargaró, will get an unexpected MotoGP debut this weekend at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix and in doing so he will become the youngest ever Spanish rider to compete in the premier class.

As Kallio continues to deputise for the unwell Casey Stoner in the factory Ducati team for the next two rounds, Espargaró gets an exciting opportunity to test his abilities against the best riders in the world at Indianapolis and Misano. This weekend will also be Espargaró’s race debut at Indy, as he was part of the 250cc field which saw their 2008 race cancelled due to the weather at the inaugural visit to the famous American venue.

Espargaró, who has not had a regular ride in the World Championship this year and only celebrated his 20th birthday at the end of July, has been working hard in the last few months as a Moto2 test rider and also made two successful 250cc substitute appearances for the Balatonring team earlier in the season.

He explained, “I have trained intensively during this period (out of the championship) waiting for a call, but I never thought about racing in the top class. It will be a true honour to ride for such a prestigious company as Ducati. I have to thank Pramac Racing for choosing me and believing in my qualities.”

“This season, after the unlucky events of the beginning of the season, I was able to race in the 250cc class on two occasions, at Assen and Sachsenring, finishing fourth and seventh respectively. Of course I do not expect similar results in MotoGP, but I will do my best to pay back the trust that the team has shown me.”

MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Aleix Espargaro, Pramac Racing

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