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Octo Pramac Racing’s Danilo Petrucci gives us his thoughts on the season so far ahead of the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.
The Italian rider achieved his best ever MotoGP™ result last time out at the #ItalianGP, crossing the line in 9th, and currently occupies tenth in the championship standings with 32 points.
The first third of the season ended with the Gran Premio d'Italia. What is your evaluation?
My evaluation is balanced: I did well in qualifying but the gap from the others ahead is still wide in the race. We have to say that this is the year with the highest level ever seen, both in term of riders and bikes. But in the race I often struggled, especially in the first few laps. Certainly I did not expect to be tenth in the standings, even if with some luck.
The week in Mugello, from the pre-event to the circuit. Was it the most exciting moment in your professional life?
The race at Mugello was the most exciting one in my life. Running with an Italian team, with an Italian bike, a Ducati, with the new liveries and the new sponsor Octo gives you a boost. People was pushing me and this was awesome. In Siena we did an extraordinary pre event. Lapping in Piazza del Campo with a MotoGP was perhaps one of the moments that I enjoyed most. People were in the street, everybody clapping or making videos. I didn’t expect so many people to be there.
The most exciting moment so far in your career?
I think it was the ninth place at Mugello. I predicted the top ten but following the difficult Saturday’s qualifications I didn’t even think to manage to finish the race. But I battled with my teammate Yonny and I was able to take a good gap in the end. It has been my best race so far.
The most difficult moment?
Qatar, for sure. I started badly the race and I suffered a not perfect tire finishing twelfth. I expected more as I run very fast in qualifying.
The most difficult rider to overcome?
Probably Viñales. In 4 of the 6 races I had to battle with him in the last few laps. He rides very clear and he doesn’t suffer the tires consumption. That’s why it's hard to keep him behind in the end of the race. My teammate Yonny is very hard to beat also.
Rate your season so far…
I think 6 is correct: no awesome races and no bad races so far.
Where do you have to improve further? Where have you done the bigger progresses?
I have to do better in the first few laps with a full tank, especially when it's hot. Then in qualifying I always have a good pace but in the race I can not keep it from the start. Then I should still learn to do more laps with the same times I often set in practice. Progresses? I would say I’m doing pretty well in qualifying.
If you could run a Grand Prix again… which one?
Maybe Qatar, I do not know if I could do better, but the problem with the tyre was really disappointing.
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