Danilo Petrucci was sad on Saturday afternoon, the announcement of Raúl Fernández’s begin – and due to this fact his departure from the Tech3 crew on the finish of the yr – having been made whereas he was competing in Free Observe four of the Styrian GP. The hasty announcement was meant to curb the solicitations Fernández was subjected to, primarily from a Petronas crew very within the Moto2 reveal, but it surely very doubtless meant the tip of Petrucci’s MotoGP run.
Two choices at the moment are obtainable to the double winner within the class: a passage in WorldSBK, a logical transition of his profession on the circuit, or a radical change of universe by embarking on the journey of the Dakar, an occasion that pursuits him and wherein KTM stated it was able to assist it. A couple of hours after Saturday’s announcement, the Austrian model saved its phrase by providing Danilo Petrucci a handlebar for the 2022 version of probably the most well-known rally-raid.
“That’s true”, Petrucci confirmed on Thursday, citing a “type of lifelong contract” for a long-term dedication. “I believe it was Mr. [Stefan] Pierce [directeur général de KTM]. He made the provide to me on Saturday evening. I believed he was joking however he wasn’t as a result of then we began discussing it, with Mr. [Hubert] Trunkenpolz [membre du conseil d’administration de KTM] additionally. Two days in the past, Pit [Beirer, patron de KTM Motorsport] known as me and instructed me roughly the identical factor they instructed me on Saturday. “
“It is an possibility I am actually finding out, as a result of I’ve all the time wished to experience there. He instructed me it was potential for 2022, however to take a look at the panorama and the passages, as a result of it could be harmful sufficient to go there to race and purpose for a consequence, then then have a yr of coaching and racing, with a view to possibly be extra environment friendly in 2023. I used to be very glad to be taught that and it’s an possibility for my future. I actually need to thank them for this provide. “
Danilo Petrucci however clarified that his closing choice had not been made, the WorldSBK observe not but being dominated out: “I have never determined, particularly since I’ve to determine what I want to do with my life. There are execs and cons in each instructions. Clearly this can be a fairly difficult time on this planet. my life, as a result of I had a dream for thirty years. I raced for ten years in MotoGP desirous to win the world championship and now I’ve to know that that may now not be potential. So I’ve to know what I’m doing. ‘I might love to do. Driving a motorcycle, positive, however I do not know wherein championship. I hope to discover a conclusion rapidly. “
Petrucci is however greater than tempted by the concept of shining on the Dakar, exceptional for a rider coming from MotoGP, which makes it an concept “romantic” and having “very charming” to his eyes : “What I like is that no rider has made this transformation. Perhaps in two or three years I will be pretty much as good there, although I am scared as a result of I do not. have not completed rallying, however I believe it is potential. I thought of doing the Dakar for enjoyable. Now I am occupied with it to know this completely completely different world. Nobody has tried it previously and that is what attracts me probably the most. I is likely to be the primary to do it and I would love it. “
Petrucci is just too deprived by his dimension in MotoGP
Greater than the choice of KTM and Tech3 to not hold him for 2022, it’s his difficulties in persevering with to shine in MotoGP which might be laborious for Danilo Petrucci to just accept. The Italian believes that his massive dimension is increasingly more penalizing in a really aggressive championship, whereas he all the time has the impression of being in full possession of his means.
“I’d say the toughest half is that I nonetheless really feel good however my physique is not. That is the toughest half, my mind has to determine. I have been in MotoGP for a few years however I am too nice for MotoGP. My weight is nearly twice that of [Dani] Pedrosa. It is as in the event that they had been Russian dolls between Pedrosa and me! But additionally the opposite pilots. I’ve achieved quite a bit in MotoGP already, as a result of a rider as tall as me has by no means been so good. “
“When it rained, like at Le Mans final yr or within the warm-up this yr, I completed first”, recalled Petrucci. “Sadly the content material is aggressive, however not a lot containing it. That is probably the most troublesome, which I can not overcome. I’ll attempt to have enjoyable in these races, attempt to create the chance, however I’ve to say I gave it my all. “
Whoever celebrated his 30th birthday final October fears transfer to WorldSBK will probably be accompanied by the identical drawback, even when it stays sure to nonetheless have the velocity obligatory to realize good outcomes on this class: “Like I stated, I nonetheless really feel aggressive, I attempt on a regular basis and I’ve lots of expertise. I am afraid these points will emerge in Superbike as nicely.”
“Within the final race I noticed Redding actually, actually quick in a straight line, the place my principal issues are. However, in different races he struggled quite a bit, whereas Rea and Toprak are very quick. , so I am afraid to get into the identical issues. However, I’m satisfied that I can overcome these issues. After which I’ve the dream of with the ability to turn into aggressive in a couple of years and to have the ability to me having enjoyable on a bike by operating off-road and being a KTM rider for all times. My doubts are these. “
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