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MotoGP, Petrucci: "At 13 years of age I raced at Mugello with tyres my father stole from Doohan"

"I used my dad's bike which had been standing idle since 1995. On the straights the brakes didn't work, now you understand why I brake so hard"  

MotoGP: Petrucci:

“At Mugello I raced when I was 13 years old for the first time with my dad's bike which had been standing idle since 1995. My father stole Doohan's tyres that Michelin had thrown away. If I remember correctly it was 2003, I was riding a Yamaha Exup 1000. The bike had floating discs that moved and the brake pads opened on the straight. The problem is that nothing happened when I was braking, so you found out why I'm so effective under braking. Now that I have told you all this, you know my debut at Mugello and also what my father was up to. In the end, many years have passed and everything lapses”.

What is there to say… hats off for this anecdote that Danilo Petrucci told in the media scrum on the eve of the Italian GP. At Mugello emotions, memories, joys and disappointments are all mixed together in what is the home Grand Prix for the rider from Terni.

Two years ago, he himself won the race ahead of Marc Marquez's Honda and Andrea Dovizioso's Ducati. It seems like yesterday, but time passes, so much so that the red bike is a distant memory and Danilo now rides a KTM. Expectations are not lacking on his part…

“We arrive at this race after a nice weekend like the one in Le Mans. In the wet I was able to be competitive, experiencing good sensations. Now this track awaits us, which I know quite well. It will certainly not be easy, as speed is important here. But I know that KTM has worked and the whole team wants to put in the effort it takes to be competitive and fight with the best. "

It is undoubtedly going to be a tough test…

“At Le Mans we could see better which direction to follow, especially when braking and in terms of the stability of the RC16. Honestly, I don't know what to expect from this GP, given that in 2019 the KTM had struggled, although it must be said that the bike was different and the riders were young, despite Pol having a good race. The fact is that now there are more people around KTM with the intention of helping us ".


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