Petrucci was first to "believe" in KTM's promise

New Tech 3 KTM MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci says he was the first to "believe in" the Austrian manufacturer and the progress it had made after the 2019 season.

Petrucci was first to "believe" in KTM's promise

Factory Ducati outcast Petrucci has joined Tech 3 for 2021 after signing directly with KTM, and will ride as a factory-supported rider at Herve Poncharal’s squad.

The double MotoGP race winner signed with KTM before it demonstrated its race-winning form during the coronavirus-truncated 2020 season, but says he knew KTM’s potential following the step forward it had made with its RC16 in 2019. 

When asked by Motorsport.com following KTM’s launch event last Friday if he could expect more from his debut Tech 3 season than he could during his factory Ducati tenure, he replied: “For sure, in the last two years I was able to win a race per year. 

“But I think I was the first one to see and believe in KTM and the upgrade they got already at the end of 2019.

“So, it’s a big change because after six years [with Ducati] it was time to join another factory like KTM. Especially because I saw in the last part of 2019 the improvement, and since the beginning of 2020 the bike has been very fast. 

“They’d won already in the third races of the championship and the last race of the championship. So, it’s a big, big opportunity for me.

"For sure the target is to win again and to win with KTM, with this manufacturer, [which] means that I will have won with two different manufacturers which just only a few riders were capable of doing. So, it’s a big target and I want to do it.”

Read Also:

Petrucci says the pressure on him now he is with a satellite team again is no less than it would be if he was still a factory team rider.

“Yeah, maybe in the past, but if you have the same bike [as the factory riders] like I had in Pramac, this means you can fight for the top positions,” he explained. 

“For example, Miguel [Oliveira] last year with Tech 3 won two races. So, it means in terms of pressure I don’t care about this because I know I have the full factory bike, so I have to stay in front. I don’t have less or more pressure than the Red Bull [factory] guys.”

He added: “I don’t think there are advantages of disadvantages [of a satellite team compared to a factory]. We are technically speaking all on the same level with the bike. So, unfortunately, I’m the oldest one of four but the most experienced.

“So, I ride other bikes in MotoGP so I can give a lot of experience back. I don’t see any big thing compared to the Red Bull factory. I mean, we are factory [-supported] too.”

shares
comments

Related video

How Yamaha's new MotoGP era can unchain Vinales

Previous article

How Yamaha's new MotoGP era can unchain Vinales

Next article

MotoGP updates Qatar COVID-19 measures

MotoGP updates Qatar COVID-19 measures
Load comments
Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Prime

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Motorsport.com pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on.

MotoGP
Oct 23, 2021
Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha in MotoGP Prime

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha in MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

MotoGP
Oct 19, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Prime

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022.

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result Prime

Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Prime

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”.

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future Prime

Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino GP will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP's present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia's flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Prime

How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021