As expected, Ivan Silva has been called in to replace Alex Hofmann on the Pramac d'Antin Ducati. Hofmann is still recovering from the very nasty hand injury he suffered during the first free practice session at Laguna Seca, where he was speared by the track rookie Sylvain Guintoli at the Corkscrew. Although is hand is recovering, the injury is so serious that he is unable to take part at Brno. Hofmann's next target will be a return at Misano on September 2nd.
Silva has been a part of the Luis d'Antin squad for several years now, and substituted for Hofmann last year at Assen and Donington, while Hofmann took Sete Gibernau's ride after the big crash at Barcelona. This time, he should have more of a chance to prove what he is capable of, as the Pramac team have much better bikes and much better tires.