After shedding his place at Ducati, the Italian has taken over the Tech three seat vacated by manufacturing unit rider Miguel Oliveira.
Tech three managed to win two races in 2020 courtesy of Oliveira, however has endured a tough begin to the 2021 marketing campaign with Petrucci. He certified 21st and 17th for the opening two rounds in Qatar, crashing out of spherical one on the second nook and struggling to 19th in final weekend’s Doha Grand Prix.
Petrucci says he’s utilizing an “excessive” set-up on his KTM which gave him a greater feeling for the Doha race, however the paddock’s tallest rider says his dimension was costing him underneath acceleration and forcing him to overstress his entrance tyre as he tried to recoup misplaced time in braking.
“I felt actually, actually good and we noticed one thing higher in observe,” Petrucci stated after the Doha race. “However the truth was the primary lap, I can’t actually stick with the highest guys as a result of all people handed me as a result of I discover on acceleration since [warm-up] that we lose an excessive amount of.
“Each acceleration, a rider will get in entrance of me. Braking is nice, however this implies I at all times enter right into a nook with an excessive amount of pace and since lap three the tyre is admittedly sizzling. We’ve got to work on this.
“For positive we went with an excessive set-up for KTM for my dimension, and possibly my dimension is simply too huge for the bike as a result of I used to be taking a look at some pictures and I’m actually… let’s say, it looks like [I am riding] a Moto3 [bike].
“For just a few laps it’s okay, however in comparison with the opposite riders particularly once they have a slipstream I can’t even keep within the slipstream and it is a drawback for the race, particularly when we’ve got a protracted straight like on this observe.”
Regardless of this, Petrucci says he likes the RC16 “loads” however admits he “didn’t count on” to battle a lot within the opening races.
“I’m blissful concerning the progress we made, however I’m completely unhappy concerning the outcomes,” he added. “I used to be anticipating extra for positive.
“On just a few laps I’m okay, however actually from the third lap I began to battle with the bike, particularly with the tyre temperature. I just like the bike loads and I might be quick, as a result of in some periods I used to be quick. However on the tempo, it was tough, I didn’t count on that.”