MAPFRE Aspar press release
Damian Cudlin To Fly Mapfre Aspar Team Flag At Phillip Island
Australian rider, who made his MotoGP debut last week in Japan, set to replace injured Héctor Barberá
Just under 4.5 kilometres of the most exciting tarmac in MotoGP awaits the riders this weekend as the series heads to Phillip Island, one of the wildest circuits on the calendar. Rapid changes in direction and elevation combined with dramatic changes in temperature and conditions make the Australian Grand Prix one of the most demanding rounds of the season and, like most years, it comes back-to-back with the Malaysian Grand Prix. As with most years this race also promises to be decisive in terms of the championship, this time with home favourite Casey Stoner getting his first mathematical opportunity to seal the MotoGP title for the second time in his career.
The MAPFRE Aspar Team heads 'down under' with a new rider in place, ready to step in for the injured Héctor Barberá. The Spaniard is continuing his recovery from recent surgery on his right collarbone, which he broke in Japan, with the aim of returning to action in Malaysia. The man charged with the task of flying the MAPFRE Aspar Team colours on board the Ducati Desmosedici is Damian Cudlin, who made his MotoGP debut last week in Japan. The Australian already competed in German Grand Prix in the Moto2 category last season, and finished 7th.
Damian Cudlin: “This is a fabulous opportunity for me, I honestly can't believe it. A week ago I made my debut in MotoGP and that was already a shock. It gives me great pride to be competing in MotoGP, the best championship in the world, and especially with such a great outfit as the MAPFRE Aspar Team. My first experience in Japan was unforgettable and now just two weeks later I get another opportunity. Last year I had the opportunity to compete in the German Grand Prix but that was in the Moto2, and I finished 7th. I am really happy, I consider myself a very lucky person and I want to make the most of every single minute of this opportunity. The level of the category and the machinery is extremely high, as I found out in Japan. I had never been to Motegi before and had to learn a lot in a short space of time but I am sure I can start out at Phillip Island at a higher level. I know the circuit and that will help me to make a confident start.”