Michele Pirro

Michele Pio Pirro (born 5 July 1986)[2] is a motorcycle racer from Italy, who races in the CIV Superbike Championship aboard a Ducati Panigale V4 R. He has also competed in Grand Prix motorcycle racing and the Supersport World Championship. He is currently a test rider for Ducati in MotoGP.

Michele Pirro
Michele Pirro Australia 2012.jpg
Personal information
NationalityItalian
Born (1986-07-05) 5 July 1986 (age 34)
San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
Sport
ClubFiamme Oro[1]
Current teamDucati Corse (test rider)
Bike number51
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2012
ManufacturersFTR, Ducati
Championships0
2020 championship position23rd (4 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
57 0 0 0 0 217
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20102011
ManufacturersMoriwaki
Championships0
2011 championship position9th (84 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
18 1 2 1 0 86
125cc World Championship
Active years20032006
ManufacturersHonda, Aprilia, Malaguti
Championships0
2006 championship positionNC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
29 0 0 0 0 3
Superbike World Championship
Active years2013, 2015, 2019
ManufacturersDucati
Championships0
2019 championship position24th (10 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
9 0 0 0 0 55
Supersport World Championship
Active years20092010
ManufacturersYamaha, Honda
Championships0
2010 championship position5th (99 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
26 1 2 2 1 169

CareerEdit

125cc World Championship (2003–2006)Edit

He began his Grand Prix career as a wild card in the 2003 Italian Grand Prix in the 125cc class, on an Aprilia motorcycle. After winning the European 125cc Championship in 2004,[3] in 2005 he participated as a full-time rider in the same class with Malaguti, scoring 3 points in the Chinese Grand Prix and finishing the season in 33rd place. In 2006, he continued to race in the 125 class on an Aprilia – and later a Honda – without scoring points.

National racing (2007–2008)Edit

In 2007 and 2008 he won the Italian National Championship (CIV) in the Superstock class on a Yamaha YZF-R1.

Supersport World Championship (2009–2010)Edit

In 2009 he participated in the Supersport World Championship on a Yamaha, ending in 11th place. In the same year he won the Italian Supersport Championship.[4] The following year he switched to Honda and finished in 5th place, with a victory in the Italian round at Imola. He also made a one-off appearance in the Moto2 World Championship at the Aragon Grand Prix, finishing 14th.

Moto2 & MotoGP World Championship (2011–2012)Edit

Pirro returned to Grand Prix racing in 2011 in Moto2 with Team Gresini. He obtained a victory, in the season finale at Valencia, just two weeks after Gresini's MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli was killed in a crash at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

His MotoGP career began in 2012 with Gresini on a FTR motorcycle, with a best placement of fifth at the Valencian Grand Prix, ending the season in 15th place with 43 points.

Ducati Test Rider (2013–present)Edit

Since 2013, Pirro has been the official test rider of team Ducati. He has participated in races every year, either as a wildcard entry or as a substitute for injured riders, obtaining his overall best MotoGP result of 4th at the 2018 Valencian season finale.

During the 2013 season he participated in ten total races (3 as a wildcard and 7 as a substitute for the injured Ben Spies), with a best result of seventh at the Italian Grand Prix, ending the season in thirteenth place with 56 points. In 2014, Pirro replaced the injured Cal Crutchlow in the Argentine Grand Prix[5] and participated as a wild-card in five races.

In 2015 and 2016 he continued to be the official Ducati test rider, while also participating in the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV), which he won in 2015. In 2015, he participated as a wild card in the Italian and San Marino MotoGP rounds. He also raced in the Italian round of the Superbike World Championship in Misano as a wild card, and in the Spanish GP as a substitute for the injured Davide Giugliano. In 2016, he substituted the injured Danilo Petrucci for the Pramac Ducati team in Argentina, Texas and Jerez MotoGP races, he participated as a wild card for the Ducati factory team at the Italian GP at Mugello, he replaced the injured Loris Baz at the Catalan GP and the Dutch TT on an Avintia Ducati and he appeared again with the factory team at the Austrian GP as a wild-card entry and at San Marino and Aragon as replacement for the injured Andrea Iannone.

He continued to participate in MotoGP as Ducati's wild card rider in 2017 and 2018. During a practice session for the 2018 Italian Grand Prix he suffered a severe crash at the end of the start/finish straight and was hospitalised with a concussion.[6] He made a further three wildcard entries in Italy, San Marino, and Valencia in 2019. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 he won again the CIV Superbike Championship.[7] In 2020, Pirro substituted the recovering Francesco Bagnaia at Pramac for the Austrian round.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2003 125cc Aprilia RCGM 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2004 125cc Aprilia RCGM Team F.M.I. 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Rauch Bravo
2005 125cc Malaguti Malaguti Reparto Corse 14 0 0 0 0 3 33rd
2006 125cc Aprilia WTR Blauer USA 12 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Honda Humangest Racing Team
2010 Moto2 Moriwaki Gresini Racing Moto2 1 0 0 0 0 2 38th
2011 Moto2 Moriwaki Gresini Racing Moto2 17 1 2 1 0 84 9th
2012 MotoGP FTR San Carlo Honda Gresini 18 0 0 0 0 43 15th
2013 MotoGP Ducati Ducati Team 10 0 0 0 0 56 13th
Ignite Pramac Racing
2014 MotoGP Ducati Ducati Team 6 0 0 0 0 18 19th
2015 MotoGP Ducati Ducati Team 3 0 0 0 0 12 21st
2016 MotoGP Ducati OCTO Pramac Yakhnich 9 0 0 0 0 36 19th
Ducati Team
Avintia Racing
2017 MotoGP Ducati Ducati Team 3 0 0 0 0 25 23rd
2018 MotoGP Ducati Ducati Team 3 0 0 0 0 14 22nd
2019 MotoGP Ducati Ducati Team 3 0 0 0 0 9 22nd
2020 MotoGP Ducati Pramac Racing 2 0 0 0 0 4 23rd
Total 104 1 2 1 0 306

By classEdit

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 2003–2006 2003 Italy 29 0 0 0 0 3 0
Moto2 2010–2011 2010 Aragon 2011 Great Britain 2011 Valencia 18 1 2 1 0 86 0
MotoGP 2012–present 2012 Qatar 57 0 0 0 0 217 0
Total 2012–Present 104 1 2 1 0 306 0

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2003 125cc Aprilia JPN RSA SPA FRA ITA
29
CAT NED GBR GER CZE POR BRA PAC MAL AUS VAL NC 0
2004 125cc Aprilia RSA SPA FRA ITA
19
CAT NED BRA GER GBR CZE POR JPN QAT MAL AUS VAL
16
NC 0
2005 125cc Malaguti SPA
Ret
POR
19
CHN
13
FRA
Ret
ITA
19
CAT
Ret
NED
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
CZE
Ret
JPN
Ret
MAL
Ret
QAT
Ret
AUS
Ret
TUR VAL 33rd 3
2006 125cc Aprilia SPA QAT
18
TUR
Ret
CHN
25
FRA
23
ITA
Ret
CAT
20
NED
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
23
CZE
19
NC 0
Honda MAL
24
AUS
Ret
JPN POR VAL
2010 Moto2 Moriwaki QAT SPA FRA ITA GBR NED CAT GER CZE IND RSM ARA
14
JPN MAL AUS POR VAL 38th 2
2011 Moto2 Moriwaki QAT
8
SPA
9
POR
22
FRA
14
CAT
12
GBR
3
NED
17
ITA
Ret
GER
10
CZE
18
IND
20
RSM
14
ARA
Ret
JPN
13
AUS
14
MAL
7
VAL
1
9th 84
2012 MotoGP FTR QAT
NC
SPA
Ret
POR
14
FRA
14
CAT
14
GBR
13
NED
9
GER
Ret
ITA
DSQ
USA
Ret
IND
Ret
CZE
14
RSM
10
ARA
15
JPN
15
MAL
12
AUS
14
VAL
5
15th 43
2013 MotoGP Ducati QAT AME SPA
11
FRA
8
ITA
7
CAT
10
NED
14
GER
10
USA IND CZE
12
GBR
12
RSM
10
ARA MAL AUS JPN VAL
10
13th 56
2014 MotoGP Ducati QAT AME ARG
17
SPA
Ret
FRA ITA
11
CAT
14
NED GER IND CZE
12
GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL
9
19th 18
2015 MotoGP Ducati QAT AME ARG SPA FRA ITA
8
CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR RSM
Ret
ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL
12
21st 12
2016 MotoGP Ducati QAT ARG
12
AME
8
SPA
16
FRA ITA
10
CAT
15
NED
Ret
GER AUT
12
CZE GBR RSM
7
ARA
12
JPN
AUS
MAL
VAL
19th 36
2017 MotoGP Ducati QAT ARG AME SPA FRA ITA
9
CAT NED GER CZE AUT GBR RSM
5
ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL
9
23rd 25
2018 MotoGP Ducati QAT ARG AME SPA FRA ITA
DNS
CAT NED GER CZE AUT GBR RSM
15
ARA THA JPN AUS MAL
Ret
VAL
4
22nd 14
2019 MotoGP Ducati QAT ARG AME SPA FRA ITA
7
CAT NED GER CZE AUT GBR RSM
Ret
ARA THA JPN AUS MAL VAL
Ret
22nd 9
2020 MotoGP Ducati SPA ANC CZE AUT
12
STY
20
RSM EMI CAT FRA ARA TER EUR VAL POR 23rd 4

Supersport World ChampionshipEdit

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts
2009 Yamaha AUS
12
QAT
11
SPA
7
NED
10
ITA
7
RSA
9
USA
8
SMR
Ret
GBR
15
CZE
Ret
GER
Ret
ITA
11
FRA
10
POR
6
11th 70
2010 Honda AUS
Ret
POR
3
SPA
11
NED
Ret
ITA
4
RSA
4
USA
5
SMR
Ret
CZE
Ret
GBR GER
8
ITA
1
FRA
8
5th 99

Superbike World ChampionshipEdit

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2013 Ducati AUS AUS SPA SPA NED NED ITA ITA GBR GBR POR POR ITA ITA RUS RUS GBR GBR GER GER TUR TUR USA USA FRA
6
FRA
Ret
SPA SPA 26th 10
2015 Ducati AUS AUS THA THA SPA SPA NED NED ITA ITA GBR GBR POR POR SMR
8
SMR
8
USA USA MAL MAL SPA
6
SPA
7
FRA FRA QAT QAT 21st 35
Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2 R1 SR R2
2019 Ducati AUS AUS AUS THA THA THA SPA SPA SPA NED NED NED ITA ITA ITA SPA SPA SPA ITA
Ret
ITA
8
ITA
8
GBR GBR GBR USA USA USA POR POR POR FRA FRA FRA ARG ARG ARG QAT QAT QAT 24th 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fiamme Oro discipline sportive - Motociclismo" (in Italian). poliziadistato.it. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Bollettino ufficiale del personale – Supplemento straordinario n. 1/18 bis" (PDF). img.poliziadistato.it (in Italian). Ministero dell'Interno. 12 July 2011. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Pirro confirmed by Malaguti". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 26 November 2004. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Pirro è campione 2009". motosprint.corrieredellosport.it (in Italian). Motosprint. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Pirro to substitute for Crutchlow in Argentina". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Ducati's Pirro hospitalised after horror practice crash". motorsport.com. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  7. ^ "SBK, ELF CIV: podio e titolo italiano per Michele Pirro". gpone.com (in Italian). GPone. 22 September 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  8. ^ Gugliemetti, Riccardo (12 Aug 2020). "MotoGP, Michele Pirro reckons Dovizioso and Ducati are not out of the title race yet". GPOne.com. Retrieved 13 Aug 2020.

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