That’s why Petrucci’s double in MotoAmerica is a real feat

In recent years, many have made fun of the fact that Danilo Petrucci was “too big“For MotoGP. A statement legitimized by technical prerogatives that are objectively out of question. What is certain, in purely sporting terms, today “Petrux“It’s even too much … great for today’s motorcycling. Going two months from racing in MotoGP to winning the fifth stage of the Dakar 2022, putting together the double win at our MotoAmerica debut, brings us back to a sport of other times. To all intents and purposes, Austin’s two claims represent a real feat.


The arrival of Danilo Petrucci in MotoAmerica has clearly generated unprecedented interest in the former AMA Superbike. Fans and / or professionals who followed the championship in past seasons could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Last weekend, however, anyone expressed themselves in judgments and evaluations without knowing elements, context and without ever having seen a MotoAmerica race before. Does it have anything to do with the speech? Could be. Certainly a thesis must be motivated by objective elements and by an in-depth knowledge of what challenge the good Danilo has set himself for 2022.


Let’s start immediately: yes, Danilo Petrucci’s is a business. Not unprecedented, but it remains so. The rider from Terni showed up in Austin bruised from various injuries in recent months, plus with limited preparation. Four days of “European” tests (two each between Portimao and Misano) with the Panigale V4 R and Dunlop tires (sole supplier of MotoAmerica), but without working together with the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York team. In fact, the team only met her during the weekend in Austin, when the competition (from Gagne to Westby) with their respective realities has been working on it for at least three years now. This is enough to testify that nothing was taken for granted for the two-time winner of a MotoGP Grand Prix.


Petrucci had a missile V4 R available on the straight, but not yet 100% on the driven. He admitted that he was directly interested at the end of Race 2, where for three good laps he fought with no holds barred with reigning vice-champion Mathew Scholtz before running away.


Speaking of riders, many have pointed their finger at the level of MotoAmerica. Precisely for this reason, a thorough knowledge of the series would be appropriate before shooting sentences. Those who turn up their noses for the laps met in a sprint race of only 14 laps, well, they were also there in the heyday of the AMA. The overall level has dropped, but for the first 3-4 positions it remains more than good. Drivers perhaps not with international palmares and some meteor from the world, but who in the overseas context know their stuff and are difficult to beat. Austin traditionally makes a bit of history in itself, but does not detract from what Petrucci put on display who, it must be remembered, is in effect a MotoGP rider. Not least: those who point their finger at the level of the American riders are often the same ones who commented on the arrival of Cameron Beaubier in Moto2 with folklore evaluations. Except then change his mind after his results, last but not least the pole on Saturday.


The way he presented himself at this debut, Petrucci’s is a feat. It must be said, not unprecedented. For our colors, Lorenzo Zanetti on his first outing with a full-fledged Superbike in MotoAmerica (Indianapolis 2020) also won Race 2, racking up a series of 6 podiums in 6 races between Indy and Laguna Seca. Even earlier, right in Austin, a Toni Elias summoned at the last minute by Yoshimura Suzuki monopolized the scene. Victory for Petrucci was in the air, but it could not be taken for granted at all.


Clearly, for the new-found Ducatista the difficulty is now. In two weeks he will race on the ups and downs of Road Atlanta, one of the most adrenaline-pumping tracks overseas, where R1 Attack and MotoAmerica specialists usually fly. Last year Loris Baz, at the start with the same bike and team as Petrucci, fought for the victory of Race 1 before a crash. which consecutive), then climbing on the podium on his return to World Superbike with GoEleven Ducati. In short: winning in MotoAmerica is not easy. This is enough to legitimize the umpteenth enterprise of a magical 2022 experienced so far by Danilo Petrucci.

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