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.
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.
So, it’s a big, big opportunity for me.
So, it’s a big target and I want to do it.”
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.
don’t have less or more pressure than the Red Bull [factory] guys.”
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.”