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Mattia Pasini gets to test a Ducati

During Italian post-race TV show Fuori Giri a couple months back, Marlboro Ducati team manager Livio Suppo showed his public appreciation for 250cc rider Mattia Pasini by promising him the opportunity to test a Ducati and it was this promise that started the speculation that rookie Niccolò Canepa would not be finishing the 2009 season and that Pasini would be taking his place in Pramac.

Suppo has kept his word and Pasini’s dream will come true because on Monday, during the official one day test session at Brno, when he’ll try his hand on Mika Kallio’s Pramac Ducati as officially announced by Paolo Campinoti.
The GP9 satellite bike will not be used since Kallio will be using the factory Ducati, Pasini thinks that this test will be important for him so he can see if he can physically handle a MotoGP bike.

Pasini is racing with a handicap that limits the mobility of his right arm, a nerve was permantely injured during a motocross accident years ago.
Paolo Campinoti – Pramac Racing Team Principal“This idea has come out together with Ducati after that Mika’s bike would have remained without a rider in the box after that the Finnish has joined Ducati Marlboro Team for the next three races.

Mattia has demonstrated during this season to deserve this opportunity and for these reasons we re happy and proud to have him with us even if for only one day.
Mattia Pasini:“I want to thanks Ducati, Pramac Racing and his Team Principal Paolo Campinoti who are giving me this magnificent opportunity to try their bike in Brno on Monday.
It will be an important test for me as I will have the possibility to understand if I will be able to ride a MotoGP bike.
I always liked difficult challenges and I am ready also for this one.

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