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Espargaro given shock MotoGP ride

BBC Sport 23.08.2009 22:54
Espargaro has not even had a regular lower-class ride this year

Espargaro has not even had a regular lower-class ride this year

Spain's Aleix Espargaro has been handed a two-race chance in MotoGP as a result of Casey Stoner's sick leave.

With Mika Kallio filling in for Stoner at Ducati, there is a vacancy at the Pramac team, and the 20-year-old former 125cc rider has been drafted in.

It is an amazing change of fortune for Espargaro, who was without a regular ride in any class this year but caught the eye deputising in the 250cc class.

He will ride at Indianapolis at the end of the month and also at San Marino.

Former world champion Stoner lies third in the championship standings behind Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, but will not race again until October as he aims to resolve an on-going health problem.


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