It has always been said that all beginnings are difficult. And if not, tell Danilo Petrucci with the RC16. A crash at Losail Turn 2 after meeting Álex Márquez at 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, circumstance that caused me to lose three tenths per lap on the main straight, the aerodynamics of the KTM not working properly, and the tires overheat entering the corners too fast in an effort not to get off the middle of the grid of the queen class at the first changes.
“Everyone was passing me on the straight because I’m too slow, and that’s a problem. Although it is faster than the ones in front, I lost many meters in acceleration and then I was forced to force myself under braking to get closer. This led me to go into the corners 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 too small for me: I’ve seen some photos and it almost looks like I’m a Moto3 rider (laughs). It was also difficult for me to stay behind and this is a big problem in the race, especially if there is a long straight like Losail, “said Danilo Petrucci in the Losail paddock before packing his bags and heading to the Emilia-Romagna region ( Italy).