Michele Pirro

Michele Pirro, who was born in San Giovanni Rotondo on 5th July 1986, has accumulated considerable experience in all categories of racing and has some good results to his name. The Italian rider, who begins his sixth season in Ducati as rider-tester of the Test Team, was European 125 GP champion in 2004 and a five-time Italian champion. He won the domestic title in Superstock in 2007 and 2008, in the Supersport 600 class in 2009 and in the Superbike class on a Ducati in 2015 and 2017.

His debut in the world championship dates back to 2003 in the 125 class when he had a wild-card ride. The following year he again raced in Italy as a wild-card and in the Valencia GP as replacement for the injured Marco Simoncelli. He then joined the world championship full-time in 2005, finishing in 33rd place and remained there the following year.

Michele moved into Superstock 1000 in 2007, taking part in both the FIM Cup and in the CIV Italian series, where he won the Italian title two years in a row. In 2009 he raced in World Supersport and finished the season in twelfth place, with his best result being sixth place at Portimao. With the same bike and the same team he was crowned Italian champion. 2010 saw him once again involved in World Supersport and he also took part in the Aragon GP Moto2 race. In 2011 Pirro joined the Fiamme Oro, the sporting section of the Italian Police Force, taking part in the entire Moto2 season. He finished third in Britain while at Valencia took the pole and the win, racing with the #58 plate in memory of the late Marco Simoncelli.

In 2012 he moved up into MotoGP to race in the CRT category and thanks to his good results Michele Pirro joined Ducati in 2013 as test-rider for the development of the new GP13. He took part in three races as a wild-card while in another seven he stood in for the injured Spies in Pramac Racing. The following year he continued his testing activity with numerous tests on the Ducati MotoGP bike, while he also took part in thje final two rounds of the World Superbike Championship as replacement for Checa on the Alstare Ducati 1199.

In 2014 he continued his vital development work and was called in to replace the injured Crutchlow in the factory team at the Argentina GP. He took part in five more races as a wild-card, scoring 18 points and ending the year nineteenth overall. The 2015 season saw him again with Ducati, with three races in MotoGP as wild-card, and two in World Superbike in place of Davide Giugliano on the Panigale. He scored points in almost all of the races he took part in, finishing 21st in both championships. In addition Michele took part in CIV on a Barni Racing Panigale R, dominating the Superbike category and winning the championship hands down.

The 2016 season saw him take part in nine GPs: two as a wild-card on the factory bike and two in place of Iannone on the factory Desmosedici machine. He replaced Petrucci on the Pramac Racing GP15 in three races and Baz on the Avintia Ducati in another two, picking up 36 points in the world championship and finishing 19th overall. In 2017 he took part in three races as a wild-card on the third factory bike, scoring 25 points. He also repeated his success in CIV Superbike, taking his Panigale R to victory in 11 out of 12 races.

In 2018 Michele Pirro won the first edition of the Race of Champions held in late July at the World Ducati Week. He clinches his 3rd Superbike Italian title on the Panigale R, continun to develop the Desmosedici GP as a test rider.