MotoGP, Michele Pirro: “I’m the grandfather of Ducati”

Michele Pirro will be back on track for the second MotoGP test session in Qatar. The Ducati test rider jokes: “Tardozzi and I have remained historic”.

Last three days of MotoGP testing in Losail before the start of the new World Championship. Ducati will continue to work on the set-up, small details on the frame and the new fairing. Once again the men from Borgo Panigale are at the forefront of aerodynamics, but they could try new innovations in the next three days. The goal is to definitively dismiss the lack of feeling between the Desmosedici GP and the Michelin rear carcass introduced in 2020. In the Emilian box, innovative tools such as lights and lasers onboard the prototypes have been worked on, a new salad box, on the perfecting of the system dragster style holeshot.

Seven will run in Losail in the last official preseason outing, with test driver Michele Pirro joining the six standard-bearers. “We have restarted and this is positive. In this first test we had a few things to try, the indications are good“. With the departure of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, the Apulian test driver is the last of the historic nucleus of the Ducati team. “I’m the grandfather, before I had someone else older than mine. It’s a change of generation, Tardozzi and I have remained the historians” jokes Pirro.


Three totally renewed line-ups, the real turning point of Borgo Panigale starts from here, even before the technical updates. “It seems obvious, we are happy”. commented Davide Tardozzi. “All six riders are under Ducati contract. We started well, you have to keep your feet on the ground. This epochal change of strategy on the drivers is giving us satisfaction, there is freshness, youth and the desire to do well. We want to grow both on our part and their part“. Eyes on Australian Jack Miller. He was second in the first MotoGP test session just 77 thousandths from Fabio Quartararo‘s best lap. Moreover, on a track that is usually not very suitable for the Red. “The revelation of 2021? Jack Miller, I am convinced that he will do very well. He will play for the title. But I expect that Pecco Bagnaia will be determined not to be second “.


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