Danilo Petrucci has delivered the feat to go down in motor racing history as a former MotoGP rider and double winner in the category claiming stage success in the great classic of the Rally Raid, the Dakar. Admittedly, getting there required a penalty from whoever came first after the finish, but that doesn’t detract from Petrux’s stellar performance, the impact of which took his former Grand Prix colleagues out of their armchairs. this winter break.
Danilo Petucci has impressed his world and there is nothing to say. After the standings for the Dakar stage were frozen and officially delivered, he was at the top of the motorcycle hierarchy. “First I have to understand what happened,” sighed Danilo Petrucci. “When I was young, I always intended to write the history of motorsport. And today I succeeded because I am the only person in the world to have won a MotoGP race and a Dakar stage. No one has done this for me, it really makes me happy.”
And he ends with the clear candor that characterizes him: “I cried like a baby and I thank everyone,” said Petrucci, visibly moved. “I was especially upset by the enthusiasm of my friends from all over the MotoGP paddock. It is a world that has greatly enriched my life for ten years.”
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And indeed, Petrax has been inundated with messages. Marc Marquez symbolically took off his hat for the 31-year-old Italian on Instagram. Her brother Alex Marquez responded with a grateful “Oh mammaaaa miaaa”. “Great, Petrux”, congratulated Valentino Rossi. “Crazy,” Maverick Vinales wondered. Fabio Quartararo continued: “This man is a legend! Peter for President!”. “Magic,” said Johann Zarco. Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti said: “just great”.
In the MotoGP World Championship, Danilo Petrucci needed 124 tries before he celebrated his first GP win, right at the Mugello home race on the factory Ducati on June 2, 2019. In 2020, “Petrux” won a second time in the rain at Le Mans with Ducati. Petrucci was literally overcome with emotion. “I am lucky to have so many friends who have supported me and helped me manage my life”. A great man, no doubt.