Petrucci has a constitution problem with the KTM

"The RC16 is very small for me. I have seen some photos and it almost seems that I am a Moto3 rider (laughs)", says the one from Terni who lost three tenths on the straight at Losail.


It has always been said that all beginnings are difficult. And if not, tell Danilo Petrucci with the RC16. A crash in turn 2 of Losail after touching Álex Márquez in the Qatar GP 2021 and a nineteenth position more than 16 seconds behind Fabio Quartararo, winner of the Doha GP 2021, has been the balance that Petrucci has registered in the Persian Gulf in his first two races as an official Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing rider.

Some setbacks to adapt to the ergonomics of the Austrian saddle whose origin is in the constitution of the Italian. The one in Terni is taller (1.81 meters) and voluminous (80 kilograms) than Miguel Oliveira, Iker Lecuona and Brad Binder, a circumstance that caused it to lose three tenths per lap on the main straight, as the aerodynamics of the KTM, and the tires overheat when entering corners too fast in an effort not to get off the middle of the queen-class grid early in the gearbox.

"Everybody passed me on the straight because I'm too slow, and that's a problem. Even though I'm faster than the ones in front, I lost a lot of meters in acceleration and then I was forced to force myself under braking to get closer. This was me. It led to cornering too fast and the tires overheated from the third lap. I lose three tenths compared to the other KTMs on the main straight. Probably, due to my size, we did too extreme a setup. Unfortunately, the RC16 is very small for me: I have seen some photos and it almost seems that I am a Moto3 rider (laughs). I also had a hard time staying behind and this is a big problem in the race, especially if there is a long straight like Losail ", he pointed out Danilo Petrucci in the Losail paddock before packing his bags and heading to the Emilia-Romagna region (Italy).

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