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Pirro and Petrucci Kick 2015 Off For Parmac Racing

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After a two-month winter break, the 2014 season of Pramac Racing Team got underway with the first day of testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.

Danilo Petrucci is the new face of Pramac Racing, with the italian rider taking the place of Andrea Iannone while the team's second rider Yonny Hernandes misses the test due to racing while practicing on a dirt track circuit during the break.

Hernandez suffered of left shoulder dislocation. The exams showed microfractures without any lesion to ligaments and tendons. The rehab process has already started to let him ride his 14.2 in the second test of Sepang scheduled 23rd-26th February.

Petrucci spent the morning session of the first testing day working not only on the set up but even trying to grew up his feeling with the 14.1, noching up a lot of mileage (32 laps completed in the morning, 51 at the end of the day) In the afternoon, a technical problem has delayed the work of the team, forcing him to change bike.

Petrucci tried to set a quicker time with the soft tires but he had just one lap recording a time of 2'02'136 which earnerd him the 13th position.

"After the Valencia test I could not wait to get back on track." Petrucci admitted. "I enjoyed it, especially during the morning session. The bike had the right pace, and the team did a good job.

"In the afternoon I struggled a lot in the heat, then we had to face some problems. But i'm quite satisfied: it's only the first day. My fast time? Probably it could be a little better, but I had only run with the soft tyre to lap quicker.

"Anyway I like the way the team works and feel good with my crew chief Daniele Romagnoli. It 'important to be there among the others because the battle between the seventh and the fifteenth place will be very tough.

"I would still like to thank the team who did a wonderful job despite the drawbacks. Tomorrow? I do not expect anything and i don't want to put more pressure. I know I can do well if i'm calm and focused".
Ducati test-rider Michele Pirro has stepped in for Yonny Hernandez for the Sepang test.
Ducati test-rider Michele Pirro filled in for Yonny Hernandez to give the team some much needed extra track time. Pirro and the team worked on the development of new software as he managed to complete 51 laps for the day setting a quick time of 2'01'951 for the 12th position on the timesheet.

"I'm happy to be riding again after two months. I haven't been running on this track for over a year and this was the first real test with the 14.2." Pirro explained. "Morover it's the first time I work with Giacomo Guidotti and the technicians of Pramac Racing.

"Throughout the day the feeling with both the bike and the team went growing up. We worked a lot on the electronics and we hope to gain as much information as possible for the future".

Top Image: New Parmac Racing rider Danilo Petrucci putting his bike through its paces at Sepang

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