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Petrucci happy to gather Ducati wet experience despite crash

Petrucci happy to gather Ducati wet experience despite crash

The second day of this week’s MotoGP™ test in Valencia was characterised by heavy rain and provided an opportunity for the riders to gain some important information on the setting of their bikes in wet conditions.

Pramac Racing’s new recruit Danilo Petrucci was the rider to go fastest, although he did suffer a spill in the rain at the Spanish track.

Petrucci felt comfortable with his Ducati GP14 completing 23 laps, with the fastest time of the day being his 1’42.431. Petrucci also set the highest top speed with 314.1 km/h.

One lap before he had planned to go back into his pit box at the end of a run the Italian rider crashed without any particular damage to the bike and the conditions became more hazardous.

“I crashed when the rain got harder,” Petrucci explained. “I saw that the rain was getting harder and I thought ‘just one more lap’, but the rain got heavier and I crashed. I was only 1.5km/h faster than the previous lap so it was very very difficult to understand the limit. I’m happy I found the limit but I’m sorry for the team that I crashed. But anyway it’s a positive day as the end was good for me. I hope that tomorrow the condition will be dry so we can work on set-up and understand more with the bike.”

On the guidance he is getting from Ducati and his initial experience with his new team, Petrucci added, “Yesterday the team showed me Dovizioso’s data which is important so now I can see where I am not right and where I’m good.”

MotoGP, 2015, VALENCIA MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, Danilo Petrucci, Octo Pramac Racing

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