Buriram.- The former Ducati and KTM rider, enrolled this year in the Dakar and MotoAmerica, arrived almost unexpectedly in Buriram to replace the injured Joan Mir, who last Sunday told his team that he was going to be out for another week. and who is expected, in two weeks, in Australia.
For Danilo Petrucci, everything was new, the team, the bike, the teammate, Alex Rins, but little by little the GSX-RR began to catch its breath as the tests went on.
However, when it came down to it, the rain hit the Thai circuit hard and the Terni circuit had to start the race without any information in these extreme conditions.
“Racing without having tried the bike in the wet for a single lap was not easy,” he admitted.
“I went out blind, without having tried the set-up. I went well at the beginning, but then I began to suffer with the front end, especially with the pressures. I’m happy I didn’t finish last,” said the 32-year-old. , who finished 20th at the finish line.
“We put the set-up of Mir, and we threw. For me it was too soft”, valued.
Despite everything, the Italian positively values this opportunity offered by Suzuki.
“If we take into account that I got on the bike for the first time on Friday, I have to be happy.”
If all goes well, Mir will be back on the Suzuki in Australia, so it is not expected, if there are no changes, that Danilo will return to the paddock, at least this year.
“At the moment I’m going on vacation. This is my last day of work this year; I’m exhausted, I need to rest,” he said with a laugh.
“I don’t know what I’ll do next year. I have options in America, but we’ll see”, settled the one from Terni.