The double MotoGP race winner is making his return to the collection with Suzuki as 2020 world champion Mir continues to recuperate from the ankle he broke in Austria in August.
Petrucci final rode a MotoGP bike in Valencia final 12 months on his farewell race on the Tech3 KTM, earlier than embarking first on a Dakar marketing campaign with KTM, after which MotoAmerica Superbikes – the place he was championship runner-up – with Ducati.
Friday marked the primary time Petrucci rode a Japanese bike in MotoGP and his first inline-four-cylinder engine because the Ioda BMW-powered Suter he raced in 2013.
Final on the mixed instances, Petrucci ended the day simply 2.4s off one of the best tempo, which stunned him as he was satisfied he would wrestle to even qualify for the race.
“I missed the time assault, however it’s OK simply because this morning I used to be so glad I used to be not final and this afternoon I felt I might have completed one second from the quickest, 1.3s,” Petrucci stated.
“I’m struggling within the first two sectors within the laborious braking. Within the different components, the bike is solely unbelievable as a result of you could have huge lean angle, huge nook velocity.
“For certain I must know the bike, the workforce must know me as a result of in comparison with the opposite riders I’m fairly completely different in weight and measurement.
“However I’m so glad for immediately as a result of I used to be so scared, so excited, so curious.
“I believed I used to be slower than I used to be, so I although this morning once I noticed it was not raining I stated, ‘I might be disqualified for the race’, and ultimately I used to be simply two seconds from the lead and kind of the place I ended final 12 months!”
Danilo Petrucci, Crew Suzuki MotoGP
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Petrucci added that had he raced a Suzuki in 2021, he would have been much less prone to have known as time on his MotoGP profession.
“Possibly if I had raced this bike final 12 months I wouldn’t have give up my profession in MotoGP, as a result of I actually loved driving this bike,” he stated.
“I believed actually I might have been slower, however actually I used to be a bit slower than the others however not far.
“The place, the ergonomics – that is my first Japanese bike and it’s so completely different. I’ve no cash, but when I did I might have purchased this bike!”