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Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) is on an incredible run in 2017, and followed up his first front row in Barcelona with another in the Dutch GP - just missing out on pole.
When the lights went out on race day, the Italian kept his form and fought at the front - beginning the final laps locked in a duel with nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Finding some traffic on the final lap, 'Petrux' was just out of touch for a lunge at the final chicane but came home an incredibly close second to take his second podium of the year - also his second in three races.
Danilo Petrucci, P2: "It was a great race! At the beginning we were quite calm, following Zarco and then when I saw Valentino go in front, I tried to follow him. I think in the dry he was faster but then the rain came and it was quite difficult. I tried a lot to get in front but it was too risky, then I noticed I was a bit faster in Turn 12 in the acceleration, my Ducati was faster - and I passed him with four laps to go, but he overtook me again. Then on the last lap I found Rins and almost crashed passing him, so I'd lost valentino. But I'm happy, it's a great result but I felt the win very close. The common thing from yesterday was that I was in front and then lost out at the end - then again today I was in front and then lost at the end! Here I wanted to be very strong, and I'm happy because next week we're in Germany, a track I like where last year I was on the second row in the dry and led the race in the wet. I'm also happy for the Championship because we're quite close - and I'm always there, even me! I like being here..."
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