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Pirro looks forward to Pramac Racing outing

The Monster Energy Grand Prix de France sees Michele Pirro appearing on the MotoGP™ grid for the second consecutive race - this time as he substitutes for Ben Spies.

In Spain a fortnight ago, Ducati Team test rider Pirro was riding the manufacturer’s GP13 Lab bike. On this occasion, he covers for Ignite Pramac Racing’s Spies who is still recovering from issues with a shoulder and a pectoral muscle.

“I’m happy to have this opportunity,” says Pirro. “This weekend I’ll use the same bike that Ben would have used. I’m sorry for him because I know he’s struggling due to his shoulder injury and, since MotoGP bikes are very physical, if you’re not truly fit riding is difficult.

“I hope to do my best and to repay the trust that the guys from the team and Ducati have placed in me. We’re really working hard.”

Pirro will race alongside Italian compatriot Andrea Iannone, although the latter - like Spies - is also in pain. In his case, it is following a crash in which he injured a knee at Jerez; since then, he has also undergone surgery in Barcelona for arm pump.

“I can say that we’re in decent shape,” Iannone comments. “Ever since the operation on Tuesday, the arm has been steadily improving. Now, though, it’s difficult to say: I think I’ll only really be able to understand my condition after doing some laps on the bike, so that I have a chance to try accelerating and braking and doing the movements that I normally do when I ride.

“My scar is really big; I have around 22 stitches that I’ll remove as soon as possible. That’s another reason that we’ll have to wait until tomorrow; I think that after the first session I’ll understand what’s possible. It would certainly help us if it rains, but we’ll see. I’m here and I want to try.”

Pramac has already announced that Spies will be returning at Mugello in two weeks’ time.

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MotoGP, 2013, Andrea Iannone, Michele Pirro, Pramac Racing Team

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