In front of a large and passionate crowd that filled the grandstands and lawns around the 4.226 km (2.626 mi) Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Michele Pirro and the Ignite Pramac Racing Team earned a tenth-place finish in today’s Grand Prix.
Satisfied with the information gathered during the races as a substitute rider with the team, Michele will now return to his test-rider work, which will see him involved in a long series of tests, beginning with tomorrow’s IRTA test at the Misano circuit.
Michele Pirro – Ignite Pramac Racing Team: “After the first few laps, I thought I could stay with Dovi and Nicky because I wasn’t so far back, but then I began having problems with the brake. I went long in the Quercia turn and that may have caused me to lose my focus a bit, as I lost a few metres; if I’d wanted to stay with them, I couldn’t have made any mistakes.
In the end though, we gathered important data that we hope to be able to take advantage of. The good work we did over the weekend, as well as our tenth place, aren’t bad, but there’s still a lot of work to do. Thanks to the whole team for this great experience. It was nice to do so many races together, but now I must return to my test-rider work. Good luck.”