Danilo Petrucci enjoyed a fairytale start to life as a superbike rider with a poignant victory on his MotoAmerica debut as his former MotoGP rivals looked on at Circuit of the Americas.
One of the main attractions at the Grand Prix of the Americas as MotoAmerica joined the MotoGP support package in Texas this weekend, Petrucci wrote feel-good history with a fine performance on his highly anticipated debut aboard the Dark Horse HSBK Ducati Panigale V4 R. .
From third on the grid, Petrucci took the lead on lap four before protecting his advantage over Mathew Scholtz until the checkered flag, becoming the first rider to win on his MotoAmerica debut since his former MotoGP colleagues. Tony. Elias in 2016.
Cheered at home by many of his former colleagues, the victory in the United States adds another highlight to what is becoming a memorable 2022 campaign for the Italian following his stunning performance on his Dakar Rally debut in January.
On his way to victory despite admitting to having been beset by a catalog of fitness issues since his grueling rally-raid debut, Petrucci was delighted to make an instant mark, calling his decision to go to the United States of “one of the best choices” of his career.
“For me the goal was really to be on the podium because those guys and also Jake (Gagne) are really, really fast,” said the two-time MotoGP race winner. “Especially since not generally 2022, but since generally 2021 that I’ve been racing. I did a MotoGP season then I went to Dakar for testing.
“I broke my ankle. I went to Dakar. I did the Dakar, and I broke my ankle again, my collarbone and my radius. I came home, and I was really, really tired. I haven’t had a chance to train. When I was better a month ago, I took my motocross bike and I crashed again, and I broke my ligament. I almost forgot how I can run I feel like I have another man’s legs.
“But I’m happy. I’m not in good physical shape, but I tried to stay there. I tried to push. In the first part of the trail, I was really, really in trouble. Then I tried to manage it.
“Of course, I’m really, really happy to be here racing with these guys. The atmosphere is really very nice. It’s true that coming to MotoAmerica is one of the best choices I’ve ever made.