Danilo Petrucci (KTM): “That’s not an excuse” / MotoGP

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All four KTM MotoGP riders finished the Friday practice session on the Losail Circuit in Qatar in the back quarter of the field. Tech3 pilot Danilo Petrucci explains why he’s not getting up to speed.

Even during the tests on the Losail Circuit, KTM had an unusually difficult time, the disappointment continued during FP1 and FP2 on Friday. The best of the quartet was Brad Binder in 16th place, +/- 1 second behind the top.

Danilo Petrucci from the Tech3 team was 19th in the first session and only 20th in the second – out of 22 drivers. His deficit in the combined timesheet on the fastest Jack Miller (Ducati): 1.387 seconds.

So far, the Italian has not found a recipe for getting the most out of the KTM RC16. One thing is certain: the route in the desert off the Qatari capital Doha is not for KTM, all four drivers can be found in the back quarter of the field.

“I was able to improve my lap time compared to the test, but we are missing a second,” said Petrucci. “That’s a lot. Compared to Brad, I lose 4/10 of a second in the last two corners, that pisses me off. We don’t have a good set-up for me and we have a lot of catching up to do – that’s not easy during a race weekend. All KTM riders are in the same area – unfortunately not where we want to be. One thing is clear: Saturday will also be difficult. In FP3 I have the chance to try something that will hopefully work. “

What do you miss in the two corners mentioned and what is the KTM lacking in general? “We didn’t have the time to find the ideal motorcycle balance for me,” said Danilo. «I weigh more than the other drivers. If I brake too hard, I have too much weight on the front wheel. If I accelerate, there is too much weight on the rear wheel. That’s why the bike is very unstable for me. Especially in the last corner there is no way to vary the line. It is braked briefly and hard and then accelerated for a long time. If you cannot do this quickly and correctly, you will lose a lot of time. “

Petrucci already knew after the Qatar test that the start of the season would be difficult – and tried to adjust to it. “I always have a big heart and high expectations,” he smiled. «I’m here to solve problems. Even though I know it will be difficult, I think I have the solution. It’s not an excuse that we stumble. “

Qatar GP, MotoGP classification after FP2, March 26th:

1. Miller, Ducati, 1: 53,387 min
2. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 0.035 sec
3. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 0.188
4. Zarco, Ducati, + 0.199
5. Rins, Suzuki, + 0,236
6. Viñales, Yamaha, + 0,252
7. Morbidelli, Yamaha, + 0.289
8. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, + 0.340
9.Rossi, Yamaha, + 0.487
10. Pol Espargaró, Honda, + 0.514
11. Mir, Suzuki, + 0.527
12. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 0.728
13. Martin, Ducati, +0,791
14. Nakagami, Honda, + 0,812
15. Bastianini, Ducati, + 0.841
16. Binder, KTM, + 0.984
17. Marini, Ducati, + 1.045
18.Bradl, Honda, +1,247
19. Oliveira, KTM, + 1,369
20. Petrucci, KTM, + 1.387
21. Lecuona, KTM, + 1,711
22. Savadori, Aprilia, + 2,287

Katar-GP, MotoGP, FP1:

1. Morbidelli, Yamaha, 1: 54,921 min
2. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, + 0.125 sec
3. Miller, Ducati, + 0,191
4. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 0.292
5. Mir, Suzuki, + 0.334
6. Viñales, Yamaha, + 0,388
7. Rins, Suzuki, + 0,432
8. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 0.444
9.Rossi, Yamaha, + 0.498
10. Oliveira, KTM, + 0.824
11. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 0.827
12. Nakagami, Honda, + 0,833
13. Zarco, Ducati, + 0.950
14. Bradl, Honda, + 1,021
15. Pol Espargaró, Honda, + 1,125
16. Binder, KTM, + 1,136
17. Marini, Ducati, + 1.148
18. Bastianini, Ducati, + 1,277
19. Petrucci, KTM, + 1.309
20. Martin, Ducati, + 1,620
21. Savadori, Aprilia, + 1,638
22. Lecuona, KTM, +2,022





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