Petrucci’s 10-year profession in MotoGP is a real rags to riches story, the Italian beginning out on the underfunded and woefully off-the-pace Ioda CRT machine in 2012 earlier than finally getting a manufacturing unit seat at Ducati in 2019.
The Italian received two races in 2019 and 2020 for Ducati earlier than an unfruitful change to Tech3 KTM this yr, with Petrucci shedding his place for 2022.
Petrucci proved to be an immensely common determine with followers and throughout the paddock, however thinks he might have maybe had an extended profession in MotoGP had he been much less personable.
“Throughout my profession in 10 years in MotoGP, however I used to be already right here since my father was working right here; I feel I joined this paddock for the primary time 25 years in the past, roughly,” Petrucci mentioned.
“I feel that the reason being you can’t be beloved and revered on the similar time.
“Possibly I’ve been beloved, however not revered.
“So, through the years I’ve actually labored with lots of people, I’ve talked to lots of people and for me crossing by means of the paddock is basically troublesome as a result of I say ‘hiya’, I cease to speak to lots of people as a result of I by no means screamed within the field, or I at all times took the accountability.
“When the outcomes weren’t coming, I at all times put myself within the highlight to enhance, not yelling or screaming at others looking for one thing or some cause for the outcomes.
“I feel I had an extended profession, perhaps might have been longer if I began to scream at somebody and never take my tasks like perhaps another riders do.
“However I by no means acted [like anything else], I at all times acted like myself, by no means tried to do one thing completely different right here or exterior of right here.
“However the reason being as a result of you may’t be each beloved and revered.”
Danilo Petrucci, KTM Tech3
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Petrucci will race in subsequent yr’s Dakar Rally with KTM and Tech3, and has been linked to a journey in MotoAmerica for 2022.
In MotoGP, Tech3 will discipline and all-new line-up of 2021 Moto2 world champion Remy Gardner and title runner-up Raul Fernandez.
The pair’s time in MotoGP has already gotten off to a frosty begin, nevertheless, after Fernandez informed Autosport’s Spanish language sister web site Motorsport.es that he felt he was the “moral champion” of Moto2 and that the Ajo team stood in his way.
When Autosport requested Gardner for a response, he felt Fernandez’s comments were “bullshit”.