The injured Andrea Iannone will be replaced for this weekend’s MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi by Avintia Racing rider Hector Barbera.
Ducati did not originally confirm a replacement for Iannone when the team announced he will not be racing in Japan due to an injury sustained at Misano.
But Avintia rider Barbera will now move over to replace Iannone and race alongside Andrea Dovizioso at Ducati for this weekend’s race.
Australian Superbike racer Mike Jones will make his MotoGP debut with Avintia, filling in for Barbera at Motegi.
“I’m very happy because I’ve waited a long time for an opportunity like this and this weekend it becomes reality,” Barbera said.
“The first thing I want to do is thank Avintia and all our sponsors for making this possible because without their support it would not be a reality.
“I’m excited, motivated and want to do well – but until I get on the bike tomorrow I don’t think I’m going to believe it.
“Now I’m doing interviews and all the things that come with being a factory rider, but I feel like a kid at Christmas, although it’s becoming more real. I’m sure it’s going to be a special weekend and I hope I can do my best.”