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Michele Pirro scores points for the second race in a row as he gets inside the top ten in Austin.
The life of a replacement rider is never easy, rarely have they tested the machine they’re competing on and they’re almost always playing catch up having had less experience than the riders they’re competing against. But Michele Pirro once again showed his class at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas as the Ducati test rider produced a top ten ride. Starting from 17th on the grid, Pirro found himself in 11th by the third lap and continued to edge in on Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) while fending off Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing). While Espargaro would escape, Pirro held off Barbera to score an eighth place finishing, matching the best finish he achieved as a wildcard with the factory Ducati Team in 2015.
Danilo Petrucci’s return from injury remains uncertain, until the Italian is fully fit Pirro will continue to ride in his place. Since becoming the Ducati test rider in 2013 Pirro has had 21 MotoGP™ World Championship appearances as well as outings in the WorldSBK Championship.
Michele Pirro: “I am very happy and I must thank the team because after the difficulties of yesterday they made me feel at ease. I started behind, and I tried to advance without making mistakes. I am glad for that. Personal satisfactions? Yes, of course. It is not easy for me, I am always in hurry. I have to thank those who gave me this opportunity. I always try to do my best. Sometimes it goes well, others not. Now we go back to Europe, and I look forward to having another opportunity.”
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