Danilo Petrucci is back in MotoGP. The experienced rider will temporarily take the place of Joan Mir, who continues to improve since the injury suffered in Austria, and recalled when he was asked to return to the category, and how, when he accepted, he had to do everything very quickly to be in Buriram on time. However, he viewed the opportunity as “a great gift.”
At 31 and having completed his first year at MotoAmerica, where he was second after the battle until the last round, Petrucci spoke about when he received a call to return to MotoGP and how he had to decide quickly in order to to be able to be in Buriram in time: ‘I got the call before the race last Sunday in Alabama (where he contested the last round of MotoAmerica) and while I was still fighting for the title, I said, “Okay, let me think now because I am retired now”. Racing in Thailand was tough when I was in great shape and now that I’m an old man it’s going to be even tougher. I sincerely hope that the weather will help me a little. But after the race (in MotoAmerica), all the media stuff and with the last race of the year, I went back to the team tent at six o’clock and my agent said, “We have to decide because he there is no time to go to Thailand from the United States”. I said, “Okay, let’s go”.
What followed was a whirlwind of intense moments, the cancellation of his holidays and those of his family members, as well as a long trip to the other side of the world:
– From that moment it was like putting myself in a washing machine, I got here and I can’t wait to get on the bike because at least it’s something that I’m alone and I can handle, even if the bike is completely different. From then on I was with my brother in the United States and I had to go on vacation this weekend and I had to go on vacation to New York and I told him no, I should go back to Italy because that you I have to wait for the Suzuki suits and it is now coming to Thailand, so now I owe my brother and girlfriend a vacation…
He continued: “I took the flight here at 6am and got off the other side at 6am in Alabama on Monday morning and just arrived yesterday afternoon. For the first time, I flew over the Pacific Ocean. From Italy to the United States, and now to be here, I have completed a trip around the world”.
So, given the feelings that fill him at the moment, the Italian left a word of thanks, in particular for the good relationship woven with the most diverse players from the different manufacturers:
– I just can’t explain how emotional I am because even in the Alfred Hitchcook stories I never thought of doing a Dakar with KTM, then going to the US with Ducati and now coming here with Suzuki. I don’t think anyone has ever done that and I’m very happy about it. It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve received in my life and I just want to thank everyone in motorcycling because it’s really a great gift from the world of motorcycling, from the world of MotoGP. They were very nice. All these manufacturers, from KTM to Ducati to Suzuki have been very nice to me […] in addition to sporting achievements, having this good relationship with everyone has been the best I have ever managed to achieve […].