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Pirro: “I'm really sad and sorry”

  Pirro: “I'm really sad and sorry”

Nothing seemed to work for Michele Pirro in Jerez, despite the Italian having done extensive tyre testing at the track.

Michele Pirro is the perfect replacement rider. As Ducati’s primary test rider he has more experience than most on the Grand Prix machine and at a number of tracks such as Mugello and Jerez. But no amount of testing experience would help at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España as rear grip was impossible to find for Pirro, neither he nor his temporary Octo Pramac Yakhnich teammate Scott Redding felt comfortable or confident at any point in the weekend. The Italian would line up in 20th on the grid and through sheer grit and determination, Pirro would end in 16th. After being competitive in both Austin and Argentina, this weekend was an absolute disaster for a now very dejected Pirro.

Unfortunately the post-race test on Monday didn’t offer a sudden breakthrough or any real insight into the situation. Pirro completed 55 laps but was only able to post the 18th fastest times, over two seconds off Marc Marquez’s (Repsol Honda Team) best time. Danilo Petrucci is hoping to return to riding in Le Mans, but Pirro will remain on standby should Petrucci’s hand not be up to the task. So far Pirro has collected 12 championship points, putting him ahead of five full time riders in the standings.

Michele Pirro: “I'm really sad and sorry. In Argentina and also in Texas we showed to be very competitive. We arrived in Jerez, where we worked hard during tests with these tires, and nothing seems to work. It is frustrating because last year I have worked hard together with all the Ducati test team. We have made a lot of tests, even during Christmas holidays and in August. Things went very well and all this work was erased with this race. During this weekend I had the feeling of not being able to do anything to improve. We tried so many things but it is as if everything had changed. I think there is a lot to think about.”

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Michele Pirro, OCTO Pramac Yakhnich

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