Petrucci’s place on the Tech three KTM squad seems to be unsure after the Austrian marque confirmed it had signed present Moto2 factors chief Remy Gardner for 2022.
Although but to be formally introduced, Motorsport.com understands it had additionally signed Gardner’s Ajo teammate Raul Fernandez to step up to MotoGP with Tech 3 next year.
Petrucci beforehand mentioned he has not engaged in discussions with different MotoGP groups as he solely desires to proceed with KTM, whereas admitting a World Superbike transfer isn’t on the playing cards as he feels the issues he has together with his weight and top in MotoGP will solely be amplified on a Superbike.
Ought to he lose his place in MotoGP, the double race winner revealed to Motorsport.com final month that he wish to take up rallying and that tackling the Dakar was “my target”.
KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer says the marque could be his companion in any rallying endeavours if that’s what he wished.
“Completely,” Beirer replied when Motorsport.com requested if it might be taken with backing Petrucci in rallying.
“First, I wish to inform him we nonetheless have a job to do right here on this paddock, we aren’t completed, we won’t go away the stage and fail to carry out collectively.
“It’s an enormous goal from my facet.
“However he’s such a very good boy, we like him a lot, we prefer to work with him.
“We like his father as a result of we all know him for a few years when he was working already with KTM.
“So, if he desires to change to rallies, we can be his companion for certain.”
Petrucci has struggled on his swap to KTM equipment after seven years driving Ducatis.
His greatest outcome after the primary 9 races was a fifth within the flag-to-flag French GP, with ninth on the excessive attrition Italian GP his greatest dry race outcome.
Petrucci’s principal challenge stems from the softer development rear tyres from Michelin launched in 2020 being too gentle for him – the Italian the tallest and heaviest rider on the grid at 181cm and 80kg.
In consequence, he struggles to get the very best from the tyre in qualifying, whereas his measurement in flip is costing him high pace.