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The previous MotoGP rider, who competed within the premier class from 2012 to 2021 and received twice with Ducati, will contest the 2022 MotoAmerica Superbike season for the Warhorse Ducati squad.
He made a surprising debut within the sequence on the Circuit of the Americas on the help invoice to MotoGP, qualifying second and successful each races regardless of having by no means raced the V4 Panigale earlier than or the Dunlop tyres.
This got here after he took a stage win in his Dakar debut with Tech3 KTM – whom he raced his remaining MotoGP season with final 12 months – in January.
Petrucci had meant to do a full rallying marketing campaign with KTM, however that fell by way of after which elected to maneuver to the US to race in MotoAmerica following talks with Ducati.
The Italian had initially elected in opposition to transferring to Superbike racing for 2022 as a result of he felt like his dimension, which was already a hindrance in MotoGP, would hamper him worse in World Superbikes.
Petrucci now hasn’t dominated out ever going to WSBK sooner or later, however believes this 12 months will “be a course of” for him to find if that’s one thing he desires to do as his remaining 12 months in MotoGP sapped him of his will to race competitively on quick circuits.
“I’ve to seek out my will to do it once more, as a result of [on Sunday at COTA] I went on the grid as commentator on MotoGP and I felt actually, actually good, I didn’t miss racing in MotoGP, preventing for that two tenths, three tenths,” Petrucci stated when requested by Autosport in Austin what it meant to win once more on circuits after his powerful remaining 12 months with KTM in MotoGP.
“It’s so powerful and after 10 years in MotoGP I used to be actually drained, however I believe this 12 months will probably be a course of.
“Perhaps once more I’ll discover the need to return again to World Superbikes.
“However let’s say, I wish to concentrate on this 12 months and perhaps if I’m good I can keep right here as a result of I actually like this place.”
Race winner Danilo Petrucci, Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC
Photograph by: Brian J. Nelson
Petrucci additionally revealed he had provides to stay in MotoGP as a take a look at rider however “wished to vary every part”, therefore his temporary change to rallying.
“I had the possibility to go to World Superbikes, however final 12 months was actually powerful in MotoGP,” he added.
“Within the center a part of the season in Barcelona, I used to be preventing with Valentino [Rossi]. I used to be in a position to move him and two laps later I crashed.
“Once I walked away from the gravel I stated ‘perhaps my time has arrived’. I bought some provides to remain in MotoGP to be a take a look at rider, a couple of alternatives to go in World Superbikes.
“However no means, I wished to vary every part. I got here right here to have enjoyable, to be in a brand new nation.
“The setting is actually good. I’ve rather more talks with these guys [in the MotoGP paddock] than one 12 months in MotoGP!
“It’s very nice to be right here, so because of this I selected to return right here.”