Pirro to stand in for Spies at Le Mans
7 May 2013 – Ducati test rider Michele Pirro will again replace Pramac's Ben Spies at the upcoming French Grand Prix, with the latter being advised to extend his period of rehabilitation.
Spies, who was forced to miss the last round of the campaign at the Circuito de Jerez due to discomfort from injuries initially suffered at the end of last year, is due to rejoin the squad for the Italian Grand Prix if his physical condition has improved sufficiently.
"I look forward to joining the team and Ducati as soon as possible, and I’m doing my best to regain enough strength to be back in the championship," explained Spies.
Pirro finished in 11th position at Jerez on a development version of the GP13.