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20 days ago
By Octo Pramac Yakhnich

Petrucci: “I saw the dash go off…”

A repeat of Silverstone looked to be on as fan favourite Danilo Petrucci charged ahead until his bike failed him.

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Petrucci's well-earned first podium

At Silverstone in 2015 Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) joined an elite club of MotoGP™ podium finishers and gained himself thousands of fans with an honest and funny post-race interview. Everyone who had giggled along back then was cheering for the Italian again when the rain came, Petrucci working his way up the field as the track began to dry. As other riders struggled to adapt, ‘Petrux’ set four consecutive fastest laps and took the lead on lap 14. This was the same time that the red flag was brought out as the rain had returned.

The restart was even wetter than before, the rain catching out a number of riders. Sadly Petrucci’s race would be cut even shorter as an electrical problem saw his bike cut out, forcing him to roll off to the side of the track and retire. A tough pill to swallow after being so strong at the start.

"I would have deserved this win but I am sure we will have other opportunities" Danilo Petrucci

Danilo Petrucci: “I am very disappointed. We went very fast throughout the weekend, the team did a superb job. I was convinced that I could be among the first even in dry conditions. I felt good in the race, everything was going the right way, I was very motivated because I felt that this was the right time to bring home the victory. Unfortunately, that problem has ruined everything. I saw the dash go off and I thought even that would hinder me. But the engine stalled. I am disappointed but also aware that we have done an extraordinary job. I would have deserved this win but I am sure we will have other opportunities. Starting from Germany!”