Cudlin’s Phillip Island MotoGP ride on Barbera’s Pramac Ducati confirmed
Just 1 week since his surprise appearance in MotoGP as a replacement rider for Loris Capirossi at the Pramac Ducati Team, Damian Cudlin has now been confirmed as a replacement for Hector Barbera, who broke his collarbone in Japan last week.
The 28 year old Australian will ride a Ducati Desmosedici for the Mapfre Aspar Team at his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island next weekend.
“To get the call up the first time to replace Loris was a big enough shock, but to get another start in MotoGP for another team at the very next race is just unbelievable to me.” Cudlin explained. “You wait your whole life to get a shot at MotoGP and then suddenly two come along at once. If I’m dreaming, don’t wake me up!”
Cudlin impressed many with his performance at Motegi, quickly adapting to a bike he’d never ridden, at a circuit he’d never seen before. Despite crashing out of a certain points scoring finish in Japan, Cudlin proved to be an asset to the Pramac Team both in terms of speed and valuable feedback on the Ducati Desmosedici. Now, starting in front of his home crowd at a track he’s familiar with, Cudlin hopes to carry on from where he left off in Japan.
“Obviously in Motegi I had a lot to learn in a short space of time which made things a bit tougher for me, but at least at Phillip Island I’ll know which way the track goes. I haven’t actually ridden there for a long time, not since my Australian Superbike days back in 2004 or 2005, but I’ve got a good memory and to ride a MotoGP bike around there should be unreal. I think a lot of my family and friends; probably half of Taree will be coming down to cheer me on, so I’ll definitely have plenty of support. I can’t wait.”
Cudlin will arrive in Australia on Wednesday in preparation for Friday’s first practice session at Phillip Island.
“I must thank the Mapfre Aspar Team for giving me this opportunity to race at home. It should be a great experience and I just want to enjoy every minute of it. I also want to thank everyone who’s sent me messages of support in the last couple of weeks. It’s blown me away and I hope to make everyone proud at Phillip Island.”