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Petrucci: “I am really happy to be here”

Petrucci: “I am really happy to be here”

A strong 11th place finish for Danilo Petrucci at the Motul TT Assen after race full of battles with factory riders.

Friday’s Qualifying session was extremely positive for the Octo Pramac Racing rider, advancing through Q1 with ease and then getting to within half a second of the pole time. The Italian’s Qualifying efforts have been the bane of many factory riders who find themselves in Q1, frequently stealing a top two-spot in the final seconds. Petrucci’s adaption to the Ducati has been rapid, able to bring the fight to riders with much greater experience on their bikes.

The highlight of race came when he passed Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) in the final corner. Petrucci ended the race 30 seconds off the win and within 15 seconds of the podium. With 44 points Petrucci sits 11th in the standings and just three points behind Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team).

Danilo Petrucci: “I am really very satisfied. I was close to the group in front throughout the race and finishing only 15 seconds from the podium is for us a great satisfaction. We were fast all the weekend and in the race I pushed a lot. I missed getting into the group ahead but to be so close to Crutchlow, Smith, Dovizioso and the two Espargaro made me learn a lot. On the last lap I managed to pass Dovizioso who seemed to have some problems. I'm sorry about this, we are very good friends, but this is a race. I would like to dedicate this good result to the team. I understand more and more the bike even with a full tank that's way I was able to lap very fast. I am really happy to be here. The whole team is doing a fantastic job and I feel a great harmony.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, RAC, Danilo Petrucci, Octo Pramac Racing

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