Former MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci takes a look at the challenge between Bagnaia and Quartararo. Ducati close to the world dream.
Danilo Petrucci has finally returned to his hometown of Terni, after having participated in the Dakar Rally in January, having passed in the MotoAmerica and, in the aftermath of the last race, he immediately flew to Thailand to participate in a MotoGP weekend with Suzuki livery, looking for a valid replacement for Joan Mir, who suffered an ankle injury at the Red Bull Ring. An invitation strongly desired by the team manager and compatriot Livio Suppocapable of realizing a romantic dream for many fans.
After the Thailand Grand Prix closed, he made a stop at home, where he watched the Phillip Island GP from the sofa at home. A sensational weekend for the MotoGP World Championship, with Pecco Bagnaia taking the lead for the first time in this 2022 championship. After Dovizioso has failed the center three times, now the final goal seems very close.
Danilo Petrucci gives credit to Gigi Dall’Igna
Ducati is loud and proves to be a giant, Fabio Quartararo he finds himself prey after having been a leader for many months. “By now it was understood from two or three races that Quartararo has become the mouse and Bagnaia the cat“, commented Danilo Petrucci to ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’.
There seems to be little to blame for the French rider, who finds himself fighting not only against a much more advanced bike than his Yamaha M1. But he has to deal with eight Ducati on the grid, finding themselves in their mallets on several occasions. “On Sunday he tried to do something more, but it is a test that he is pushing the bike beyond its limits“, he added Petrux. In Malaysia it will not be easy for either Bagnaia or Quartararo, it will be a challenge on a razor’s edge and on the nerves. “Pecco has to decide whether to manage or attack“.
Danilo rode the Ducati Desmosedici GP for the last time in 2020, before ending his MotoGP career with KTM. Since then, the Ducati prototype has changed a lot, improving especially in the middle of the corner and in engine management. “It must be said that all this is thanks to Gigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse general manager, ed). Dovizioso and I were sometimes perplexed about what he made us try, we didn’t understand what it was for, but a few thousandths here, a few thousandths there, in the end you find those tenths that now make you win races in MotoGP“.