As Carlos Checa finished his season by injuring himself at Istambul Ducati had to find a solution.
After Laguna Seca, where Nicolo Canepa brought the 1199 Panigale in top 4 in Superpole and again in WUP, Michele Pirro was chosen to continue the WSBK adventure in these last rounds of the 2013 season.
I tried Panigale one week ago at Mugello. It was for the first time when I rode a Superbike and I'm happy that I found it well and felt good on it.
I'm confident that we can pull out a good result. Everything will be new for me, the bike, the tyres, the brakes but I with the team's help i'm sure that i'll find a good feeling shortly.
It's an important year for me, I made my debut in Moto GP and now in Superbike, I can't wait to go back on track.