Ducati MotoGP team picks Alvaro Bautista as Jorge Lorenzo stand-in

Alvaro Bautista has been officially confirmed as the injured Jorge Lorenzo's stand-in at the factory Ducati team for MotoGP's upcoming Australian Grand Prix

Ducati MotoGP team picks Alvaro Bautista as Jorge Lorenzo stand-in

Lorenzo had a big shunt at Buriram earlier this month, forcing him to miss that race, and also pulled out at Motegi after completing one lap and testing his condition in Friday morning practice.

On both occasions Ducati was left with Andrea Dovizioso as its only works rider, putting it at a disadvantage against Honda in the teams' championship.

With Lorenzo pessimistic about his chances of recovering in the one week before Phillip Island, Ducati has chosen Bautista to take his spot.

Bautista currently rides for Ducati satellite team Angel Nieto, his second season on a customer Ducati after being at Aspar in 2017, and will leave MotoGP for a works Ducati World Superbike seat next year.

Autosport understands that 2015 Australian Superbike champion and current Spanish Superstock 1000 rider Mike Jones will be Bautista's replacement at Nieto.

The 24-year-old Australian had previously filled in for Hector Barbera at Avintia for two MotoGP races - including Phillip Island - in 2016 when Barbera was called up to replace the injured Andrea Iannone in the works Ducati team.

Jones scored a point for 15th at home on that occasion.

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