May 4, 2012
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Kenny Noyes on his CEV Moto2 racebike.
Kenny Noyes is Pramac Ducati Reserve Rider in MotoGP
Former Moto2 GP rider Kenny Noyes, who is now back in the Spanish CEV Moto2 championship (and third after two rounds, only three points out of the lead) after his Moto2 ride collapsed just a month before the start of the season, has been confirmed by Ducati as reserve rider for the Pramac Ducati MotoGP team.
Noyes will replace Hector Barbera in case the Spanish rider is injured or unfit to race and according would also step in to the Pramac team if BarberÃ¡ were moved to the Marlboro Ducati factory team as a replacement for either of the two works riders, Valentino Rossi or Nicky Hayden.
The American rider knows his away around big displacement bikes and still holds some circuit lap records from the 2009 Spanish Formula Extreme 1000cc season at Albacete and Valencia. Pramac is currently working to obtain Bridgestone tires in order to arrange a test day for Noyes.
Rizla Suzuki also had a similar reserve rider deal with John Hopkins in 2011, he stepped in for Alvaro Bautista at Jerez after Bautista fractured his leg during practice in the season opener in Qatar.
Said Noyes, "It was an unexpected call from Felix Rodriguez, the team coordinator at Pramac. I did ride the earlier Ducati Desmosedici 990cc at Valencia when I was part-timing as a journalist a few years ago. I look forward to getting a chance to put in some time on the latest version. Meanwhile, I'm concentrating on the fight for the Spanish CEV Moto2 Championship and working on some new, interesting prospects for 2013."