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Pirro debuts new Ducati GP13 Lab

Pirro debuts new Ducati GP13 Lab

One of the key talking points in Jerez on Friday was the Ducati GP13 Lab, a brand-new bike run in practice by Ducati Team test rider Michele Pirro. The Italian will remain in action as a wildcard for the entire race weekend.

Initial feedback from the 26-year-old was positive, as he managed to finish 13th on the 24-rider timesheet and only 18 thousandths of a second slower than teammate Andrea Dovizioso, who was the slower of the two regular team riders on this occasion.

“I’m happy because the gap is not too big in comparison with the other riders,” Pirro explained to in a video interview. “We have a little problem with the front, but we had never ridden the bike in these conditions before.

“We were working with a new chassis and a new engine, so I am very happy with it. I can’t compare it because I’ve never tried the other bike, but on Monday the other riders will be able to ride the new one to to check what the situation is.”

Pirro’s performance also came as highly encouraging to Nicky Hayden.

“It does give me confidence,” the 2006 World Champion positively commented. “It’s good to, not only see him going fast, but to see the effort they are putting in. It’s clear that he’s more than fast enough to be the test rider.

“Actually, in split two he was fourth or fifth fastest this afternoon, so I definitely hope that whatever they are doing is working and I look forward to trying it. I think it’s something very good for Ducati.”

On Monday, the MotoGP™ teams will stay on in Jerez for a day of testing.

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