"Petrucci signed with KTM? Good, I'm happy for him. I'm glad he's staying in the MotoGP."
This was Paolo Ciabatti's comment regarding the news that, after last week's meeting, the rider from Terni and his manager, Alberto Vergani, quickly found an agreement on with Mattighofen.
After all, it's no secret that Petrux left a good memory in Ducati, even if they decided to do without his break-neck speed at Borgo Panigale.
What seems to be water over the bridge for Ducati still has a lot of influence on the decisions of the Italian team, because Danilo had been offered the Panigale V4 that's currently taken by Chaz Davies.
"At this point, there's no hurry," Ciabatti confessed. We could now call him the Procrastinator, like Quintus Fabius Maximus, who was a Roman consul and warrior during the second Punic war. "If Chaz were to show us that he has finally gotten used to the Panigale V4, he could also remain. It's not like the Superbike is currently offering that much of a choice."
Paolo Ciabatti is severe but just. He 'll be meeting with Stefano Cecconi, Aruba's CEO, this week in Misano, to discuss the future.
"We also have Michael Ruben Rinaldi on the Aruba.it Racing Junior Team," Ciabatti pointed out. "He too could be a candidate if he shows that he's matured."
So, for the moment, Chaz is safe, or better: he's postponed to September and, given the brevity of the Superbike World Championship this year, it would be best if he passes the exam quickly.