There’s a smile on his face, even if there’s little to smile about. Danilo Petrucci knows it well, forced to deal with a race where expectations were very different. At Valencia, the Ducati rider tried to limit the damage, having to settle for a tenth place with a bitter aftertaste.
“For the second time, I was starting in front of the Safety Car and, in the end, a tenth position is good,” the rider from Terni said. “I had the pace of the other Ducatis in the race, even though I lost a lot of time overtaking. Certainly, we need to improve in qualifying, but I just couldn’t do more than that. Too bad, I’ll try to finish in the top ten in the world championship, even if I have to do something more in qualifying.”
And to think that Ducati had raced in Valencia last week with Pirro.
“We weren't able to use the information that Michele gave us, because we had little time. If I had to race tomorrow, I'd go in Pirro’s direction. Honestly, I don’t know why we’re struggling. Lately, we’re in the condition in which I have no rear grip and the bike does not bend.”
Petrucci doesn’t hide this.
“When braking, I can be effective. But when I let go of the brakes, I can’t ride corners as fast as I’d like. The fact is that we’re trying them all.”