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Michele Pio Pirro (born 5 July 1986)[1] is a motorcycle racer from Italy, who currently races in the CIV Superbike Championship aboard a Ducati Panigale. He has also competed in Grand Prix motorcycle racing and the Supersport World Championship.

Michele Pirro
Michele Pirro Australia 2012.jpg
NationalityItalian
Born (1986-07-05) 5 July 1986 (age 33)
San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
Current teamDucati Test Team
Bike number51
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2012
ManufacturersFTR, Ducati
Championships0
2017 championship position23rd (25 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
54 0 0 0 0 213
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
ManufacturersDucati
Championships0
2015 championship position21st (35 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
6 0 0 0 0 45
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

Early Grand Prix racing (2003–06)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. In 2005, he participated 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 (2007–08)Edit

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

Supersport World Championship (2009–10)Edit

In 2009 he participated in the Supersport World Championship on a Yamaha, ending in 11th place. 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.

Return to Grand Prix (2011–12)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, both as wild card and as a substitute for injured riders, obtaining a best result of 7th at the 2013 Italian motorcycle Grand Prix.

During the 2013 season he participated in ten races as a wildcard and 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[2] 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, and participated as a wild card for the Ducati factory team to the Italian GP at Mugello. He will substitute for the injured Loris Baz at the Catalan GP on an Avintia Ducati.

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.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2003 125cc Aprilia RCGM 61 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2004 125cc Aprilia RCGM Team F.M.I. 61 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2005 125cc Malaguti Malaguti Reparto Corse 15 14 0 0 0 0 3 33rd
2006 125cc Honda WTR Blauer USA 15 12 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2010 Moto2 Moriwaki Gresini Racing Moto2 51 1 0 0 0 0 2 38th
2011 Moto2 Moriwaki Gresini Racing Moto2 51 17 1 2 1 0 84 9th
2012 MotoGP FTR San Carlo Honda Gresini 51 18 0 0 0 0 43 15th
2013 MotoGP Ducati Ducati Test Team 51 10 0 0 0 0 56 13th
Ignite Pramac Racing
2014 MotoGP Ducati Ducati Team 51 6 0 0 0 0 18 19th
2015 MotoGP Ducati Ducati Team 51 3 0 0 0 0 12 21st
2016 MotoGP Ducati OCTO Pramac Yakhnich 51 9 0 0 0 0 36 19th
Ducati Team
Avintia Racing
2017 MotoGP Ducati Ducati Team 51 3 0 0 0 0 25 23rd
2018 MotoGP Ducati Ducati Team 51 3 0 0 0 0 14 22nd
2019 MotoGP Ducati Ducati Team 51 2 0 0 0 0 9* 22nd*
Total 101 1 2 1 0 302

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 Britain 2011 Valencia 18 1 2 1 0 86 0
MotoGP 2012–present 2012 Qatar 54 0 0 0 0 213 0
Total 2012–Present 101 1 2 1 0 302 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 Honda SPA QAT
18
TUR
Ret
CHN
25
FRA
23
ITA
Ret
CAT
20
NED
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
23
CZE
19
MAL
24
AUS
Ret
JPN POR VAL NC 0
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
22nd* 9*

* Season still in progress.

Supersport World ChampionshipEdit

Races by yearEdit

Year Make 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

Year Make 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Pirro to substitute for Crutchlow in Argentina". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Ducati's Pirro hospitalised after horror practice crash". motorsport.com. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.

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