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Meet the Wildcards: Valencia GP

Meet the Wildcards: Valencia GP

The World Championship grids once again bulge as four riders seek glory in the final round of the 2015 season.

Michele Pirro will make his third wildcard appearance of the 2015 season; the Italian is responsible for much of the development of the GP15 as Ducati’s main test rider. Both previous 2015 wildcards showed great potential for Pirro, in Mugello he qualified in eighth and scored a solid sixth. His second race in Misano had even greater potentail as he lined up on the grid, qualifying in fifth and as the top Ducati before technical issues ended his race early. As in Mugello and Misano, Pirro has had several chances to run the GP15 at Valencia this year as he conducts various tests for Ducati and will be well prepared to battle the permanent MotoGP™ riders.

Valencia has seen the Italian take some of his best results; in 2011 he took his lone World Championship victory in the Moto2™ class when racing for the Gresini team. In the following year he produced an incredible fifth place finish on the CRT FTR-Honda. Then in both 2013 and 2014 he finished twice inside the top ten with Ducati.

One of the sport’s youngest stars will line up on the Moto3™ World Championship grid in Valencia in the form of Nicolò Bulega. Bulega is yet another young Italian from the VR46 Riders Academy and has shown great potential in the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, which he currently leads. It was announced earlier in the year that Bulega, who has only just turned 16, will join the SKY Racing Team VR46 squad in 2016.

Aron Canet from the Moto3™ Junior World Championship was scheduled to ride, but withdrew due to a broke right foot sustained in the FIM CEV Repsol round in Jerez.

The Moto2™ World Championship will see yet another FIM CEV Repsol rider join the field, Italian Federico Fuligni will race with Team Ciatti on the world stage once more. His previous wildcard came in Aragon where he qualified in 24th. He has shown flashes of speed in the CEV as he continues to recover from a left wrist injury.

Alongside Fuligni will be Lucas Mahias, a regular in the World Supersport paddock. Mahias will be riding the experimental Transfiormers Moto2™ bike that boasts an unconventional wishbone front. The combination made three wildcards in 2014 with a best finish of 18th in Le Mans. The Frenchman is known for his aggressive riding style and will be pushing the Transfiormers frame from the beginning.

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Michele Pirro, Nicolo Bulega, Federico Fuligni, Aron Canet, Lucas Mahias

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