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Petrucci: “In the last corner I started laughing”

Petrucci: “In the last corner I started laughing”

Danilo Petrucci found himself laughing inside his helmet as he claimed his first MotoGP™ podium, hardly able to believe it.

Rain is seen as the great equalizer in motorcycle racing, difference in top speed and performance become reduced and riders are able to let their skills shine despite differences in equipment. Throughout the 2015 season, Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) has shown tremendous consistency and scored points at every round of the MotoGP™ World Championship. Petrucci is mounted on the GP14.1, making it unlikely that he can challenge for a dry weather podium but with Sunday’s heavy rain fall that all changed and the popular Italian saw himself challenging for the podium and also pressing Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) for the victory.

With nothing to lose, Petrucci left his braking as late as he dared and set some of the best lap times of the race. His braking was so late that Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was scared just following him, worried Petrucci would crash at every corner. Past seasons have seen ‘Petrux’ slave away on uncompetitive machines, but the call up to Pramac in 2015 has seen him lose over ten kilograms of body weight and renew his passion and focus. Second is the best finish by a non-factory rider since Aleix Espargaro was second in Aragon in 2014 on the NGM Yamaha.

Danilo Petrucci: “I really don’t understand why Valentino came so close lap by lap. But then Dovizioso came and the rain fell harder and I was scared about the front. In the last two laps Dovi took a little gap. In the last lap in the last corner I started laughing, as I couldn’t believe it!”

MotoGP, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC, Danilo Petrucci, Octo Pramac Racing

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