News 19 Jul 2022

Pearson to test DesmoSport Ducati at Morgan Park

Potent Queenslander to ride V4 R across two days in Warwick.

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Australian Supersport champion Broc Pearson will make a return to the domestic superbike paddock this week to test the DesmoSport Ducati V4 R at Morgan Park.

Pearson graduated to the premier Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship this year with the 727 Moto Team, before parting ways with the squad after round three at Wakefield.

He missed round four at Hidden Valley and has now been provided with a lifeline, of sorts, to return on track. For now, Pearson is only confirmed for the two-day test at the Warwick circuit on 21-22 July.

“I just want to thank Benny [Ben Henry] and TB [Troy Bayliss] for the opportunity to ride one of Bryan’s bikes, Pearson explained. “I’ve been into them a bit on some group chats and when I go past the workshop to let me have a ride, but I’ve pretty much done that for the last two years, sort of half-jokingly really, knowing that DesmoSport wasn’t going to have any rides readily available.

“When Troy called last week and said that he and Ben Henry had an opportunity to ride the Panigale V4 R if I was interested, I jumped at the chance. It’s only for the two-day test at Morgan Park, but I’m pretty excited to get on one of the fastest bikes in the country.”

DesmoSport Ducati co-owner Troy Bayliss added: “Broc’s found himself in an unfortunate position this season, but I’m glad we found a way at least get him on track at the test. He’s a good kid, full of confidence and a fast rider. He knows his way around Morgan Park too, so it’s a good opportunity for him to have some fun and show everyone what he can do on a superbike.”

Pearson will join DesmoSport Ducati regular Bryan Staring on track Thursday and Friday, with a majority of the ASBK paddock expected to be in attendance to prepare for the upcoming round at Morgan Park on 5-7 August.