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Petrucci: “For me everything is new”

Petrucci: “For me everything is new”

Danilo Petrucci adapts to life on the GP15 as he begins to prepare for the 2016 season with Michelin tyres.

If learning a new bike wasn’t hard enough, Danilo Petrucci and the rest of the MotoGP™ World Championship were also undergoing their first test of the 2016 season with the new Michelin tyres and new unified electronics package. This was a significant jump for Petrucci to make, but the Italian made steady progress and was able to match his times from the Valencia GP, setting a best time of 1’31.717 to end 11th and as the second fastest Ducati rider. Over the two days Petrucci did 109 laps as he got accustomed to life on the GP15, the Italian sapping the last of his energy reserves after a long 2015 season.

Testing doesn’t stop for Ducati as they now head to Jerez for a private test before the testing ban begins on December first. Even though his energy is low, Petrucci is determined to continue making steps forward on the GP15 as he aims to repeat his incredible 2015 British GP podium. With new tyres and more equal electronics, the chances of a satellite rider being able to battle the usual suspects for the podium increase in 2016.

Danilo Petrucci: “We used these two testing days to gain confidence, without looking much at the lap time. To go with new tyres and push hard immediately is not easy. For me everything is new: bike, tires, electronics. It was a very big leap. The team has already done a great job in these two days even if we have to do many kilometers since we are a bit far from where we want to be. I must admit to be a bit tired but I confess that I would want to get back to the track tomorrow. That's why we go to Jerez with the determination to make further progress.”

MotoGP, 2016, VALENCIA MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, T2, Danilo Petrucci

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