Michele Pirro will be the man in charge of riding Danilo Petrucci's Ducati for the Pramac team in this week's test at Qatar, which runs from Wednesday to Friday.
The Italian manufacturer's test rider is already at Losail, while Petrucci is still in Australia waiting to be able to return to Italy on Wednesday.
Petrucci suffered a crash during the final day of testing more than a week ago at Phillip Island.
In the accident, Petrucci broke the second, third and fourth metacarpals of his right hand, a fracture from which he was operated on on February 22nd in Melbourne, once the swelling was gone.
It is still unclear if Petrucci will be able to take part in the first race of the season, which will also take place at Losail on March 20, but both he and the team are doing everything possible to race as normal.
The Bologna-based marque has prepared a simulator with a semi-handlebar like the one on his bike, with throttle and brake levers in order for him to start working on the injured hand and, this way, stop it from weakening as much as possible.