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Petrucci: “It was the hardest race of my career”

Petrucci: “It was the hardest race of my career”

Danilo Petrucci secures his best dry weather results in a physically demanding Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Few may have noticed the stellar ride that Octo Pramac Racing’s Danilo Petrucci produced during the Malaysian GP, overcoming the tormenting heat and humidity for his best dry weather result in the premier class. Silverstone saw Petrucci finish on the podium, backing up this result with a solid sixth in Misano the following weekend but both results were in the wet, the Malaysian GP gave Petrucci an opportunity to prove that neither were flukes. It was a close battle with both the Espargaro brothers, the pair having the advantage in the corners but Petrucci’s Ducati the superior under braking.

Petrucci would eventually finish nearly three seconds clear of Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) to cross the line sixth. This continues an incredible season for the Italian, by far his best in the MotoGP™ World Championship. Preparations are already underway for 2016 as both Pramac Racing and Danilo Petrucci aim for an even more competitive season thanks to increased support from Ducati. First there is the final round in Valencia to focus on where Petrucci will continue his quest to end 2015 in the top ten.

Danilo Petrucci: “It was the hardest race of my career but I managed to do well and this makes me very happy. I would like to dedicate this result to the team for the work they did during the weekend and also in the whole season. The start was good and when I saw that the others in front did not go away, I decided to push. I struggled with the two Espargaro who were faster in the twisty parts of the circuit but I was stronger in braking areas. I'm really happy with this result. Now we go to Valencia with more margin to win the Top 10 in the World Championship.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, RAC, Danilo Petrucci, Octo Pramac Racing

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