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Misplaced private belongings dashed Petrucci’s Dakar hopes

Petrucci is making his Dakar debut with KTM and Tech3 – with whom he raced in MotoGP final season – having misplaced his MotoGP journey for 2022.

With little preparation time on his rally bike forward of the 2022 version of the well-known rally raid, Petrucci made a powerful begin to his maiden Dakar on the opening day.

Combating for the highest 5 on Monday’s second stage, he was pressured to cease round 115km in on account of a gas pump difficulty.

The double MotoGP race winner found he’d misplaced his cell phone, in addition to his passport and pockets, and so was unable to contact his crew on the bivouac to speak him by repairs.

Because of this, he was pressured to contact the organisers utilizing the system on his motorbike and was hit with a penalty that has dominated him out of victory rivalry – although has been allowed to restart as a part of new guidelines for 2022.

Talking in an Instagram stay, Petrucci revealed his plight: “Yesterday I did very effectively, I felt the fatigue of the primary day a little bit bit.

“However I used to be on the bike effectively. Then I caught up with [Stefan] Svitko, who was in entrance of me.

“I felt good and caught them rapidly. After 115 kilometres I needed to change from the rear to the entrance gas tank after which the bike switched itself off.

“Sadly, there was [an issue] that I could not change. It was fairly straightforward, however I did not have the suitable stuff.

“I wished to name my mechanics within the bivouac, however I additionally found that my cellphone was not in my again pocket.

“My passport, driving license and money have been additionally gone. I had no approach of contacting my crew.”

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Petrucci admits it was “annoying” to have came upon he was in rivalry for the highest 5 when he returned to the bivouac, however notes “I’m right here to study and have enjoyable, then the outcomes will come.”

The Italian additionally famous he’s having to control the damaged ankle he suffered throughout his coaching for the occasion, saying: “I’ve to watch out with my ankle, it’s damaged and I don’t wish to make it a lot worse than it’s now.”

Petrucci’s participation within the 2022 Dakar was plunged additional into doubt final week when he obtained a constructive PCR take a look at for COVID-19.

Nevertheless, it proved to be a false constructive take a look at and he was cleared to ride at the 11th hour.

Extra reporting by Sergio Lillo

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