Petrucci: From MotoGP, To Dakar, To MotoAmerica
Petrucci tested a MotoAmerica-spec Ducati Panigale V4 R at Algarve International Circuit in Portimão, Portugal, earlier this month. Photo courtesy of REV’IT!
REV’IT!, who is Danilo Petrucci’s official supplier of racesuits and other apparel, as well as his personal sponsor, just published an in-depth interview with the newly signed Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC rider, who will compete in this year’s MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship.
When asked if the pressure in MotoGP is what drove him to go racing in the US, Petrucci said, “I have had a long and very nice career in MotoGP, but lately, I hadn’t been enjoying it as much as I used to. MotoGP is really only fun when you’re able to fight for the podium. This new move came at just (the) right time. I needed something different altogether to try and find a nice balance between performance and pleasure.”
“With the Dakar Rally, I felt like I had made the right decision and hopefully it will be the same for racing in MotoAmerica. It’s hard to say right now, but I am feeling happy to take on this challenge. I really wanted to discover what America is like – I’ve always had a soft spot for that country.”
With Petrucci’s obvious prowess on asphalt as well as on dirt, the article also explores whether the Italian might consider doing a little bit of cross-country racing, flat track, or supercross along with competing in the MotoAmerica series. For more on that, and lots of other subjects, check out the complete interview on the REV’IT! website.
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