Catalunya GP Race

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 3º 

“Sono molto contento di questo terzo posto. Sicuramente senza l’incidente di gruppo al secondo giro sarebbe stato più difficile conquistarlo, e mi dispiace davvero tanto per Andrea che ha perso un’ottima occasione oggi. Ho provato a tenere il passo di Márquez ma non era possibile, ed anche Rins e Quartararo erano molto veloci. Con Alex ci siamo sorpassati diverse volte, una di queste mi ha anche toccato sul lato destro ma sono riuscito a riprendermi la posizione in fretta, poi quando Fabio mi ha passato ho semplicemente provato a restare con lui per staccarmi dagli inseguitori. Oggi abbiamo conquistato il miglior risultato possibile. Dopo tre podi di fila, siamo vicini alla terza posizione in campionato: dobbiamo continuare così anche ad Assen”.

“I’m very happy with this podium. For sure, without the incident during the second lap it would have been harder to seize this result and I’m very sorry for Andrea, who lost a great chance to shine today. I tried to stay with Márquez but it wasn’t possible, and Rins and Quartararo were also very fast. With Alex, we passed each other many times and once he even hit me on the right side but I was able to reclaim the position quite quickly. Then, when Fabio passed me, I just tried to stay with him and pull away from the pack. We scored the best possible result today. After three podiums in a row, we’re close to third position in the championship: we need to keep the momentum going at Assen.”

“After a great start, I took the lead and I was in a strategic position to ride the race we had planned. The rear tyre still wasn’t perfectly heated up so I wasn’t pushing the pace yet but, considering how the race eventually unfolded and the rhythm shown by other riders, I believe we could have been contenders for sure. I prefer not to comment about the incident, but the race still was entirely up for grabs at that point. Tomorrow we have another important test to keep improving our base, and we’ll try to make the most of it to bounce back immediately at Assen.”