The Italian competed in his final MotoGP race final weekend on the Valencia Grand Prix and can switch to a Dakar Rally campaign in 2022 with KTM having misplaced his Tech3 rider for 2022.
It marks the top of a 10-year spell in MotoGP through which Petrucci got here from the very again of the sector in 2012 on the Ioda CRT machine to turning into a double race winner as a manufacturing unit Ducati rider in 2019 and 2020.
Having come by means of the European ranks in manufacturing racing earlier than his MotoGP shot, Petrucci’s route into the premier class of grand prix racing was a vastly unconventional.
Reflecting on his time in MotoGP, he believes he’s more likely to be the final rider to have success within the prime class of grand prix bike racing with out being seen as a particular expertise.
“The primary time in late 2011 somebody informed me I’m going to race in MotoGP subsequent 12 months, so my pals requested me, ‘Did you ever think about racing in MotoGP?’” Petrucci stated.
“And I answered, ‘Sure’, as a result of it was all the time a dream of mine. However one factor is speaking concerning the seat and one other factor is crossing the seat.
“Sincerely, once I began this journey in 2012, I don’t bear in mind if I used to be final however for positive the primary race I used to be final and I broke the bike additionally. For a lot of races I’d be final in observe, final in qualifying and final within the race.
“And I feel I used to be the one nonetheless believing, I by no means give up. At some point the dream got here true and was actually, actually, very nice as a result of perhaps I’m one of many final regular individuals to make with out being a phenomenon.
“Once I was younger I used to be only a good rider, I used to be quick however individuals had been sooner than me.
Petrucci beat Marquez and Dovizioso to first of two MotoGP wins at Mugello in 2019
Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
“However I by no means stopped believing that I used to be the very best, and for 2 occasions in a race I confirmed to the individuals I used to be the very best not less than in that circuit, on that day.
“Mugello [in 2019] perhaps was someday, however then I confirmed to myself at Le Mans [in 2020] that I may nonetheless win races.”
Former Pramac team-mate Jack Miller doesn’t imagine any rider barring an distinctive few come into MotoGP as phenomenons and says the trouble Petrucci put in to grow to be aggressive is proof to him that the Italian is “a legend”.
“The phenomenon factor I don’t suppose exists – okay, perhaps [Moto3 champion] Pedro Acosta, or any person like that,” Miller stated when requested about Petrucci’s feedback.
“However they’re few and much between. However Danilo had a expertise, and never solely a expertise; he labored for it.
“For those who see photographs of him on the Ioda, with a face like a moon, after which when he hopped onto the Ducati, what he did to his physique to have the ability to be aggressive right here, he labored for it. The man is a legend.”