KTM reportedly backing Petrucci in post-MotoGP rally change


Petrucci’s place in the Tech3 KTM squad looks uncertain after the Austrian marque confirmed it had signed current Moto2 points leader Remy Gardner for 2022.

While yet to be officially announced, Autosport understands that it also signed Gardner Ajo teammate Raul Fernandez to move to MotoGP with Tech3 next year.

Petrucci previously told Autosport that he had not entered into discussions with other MotoGP teams as he only wanted to continue with KTM, while admitting that a World Superbike move was not on the agenda. because he was feeling the issues he was having with his weight and height in MotoGP. will only be amplified on a Superbike.

If he lost his place in MotoGP, the two-time winner revealed to Autosport last month that he would like to get into the rally and that tackling the Dakar was “my goal”.

Speaking exclusively to Autosport last month, KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer said the brand would be his partner in all rally activities if that was what he wanted.

“Absolutely,” Beirer replied when asked by Autosport if he would be interested in supporting Petrucci in rallying.

“First, I want to tell him that we still have work to do here in this paddock, we are not finished, we will not leave the stage and we will fail to perform together.

“It’s a big target on my side.

“But he’s such a good boy, we love him so much, we love working with him.

“We love his father because we have known him for many years when he was already working with KTM.

“So if he wants to switch to rallies, we will be his partner for sure.”

Danilo Petrucci, KTM Tech3

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport images

Petrucci struggled to switch to KTM machines after seven years riding Ducatis.

His best result after the first nine races was a fifth in the flag-to-flag French GP, with ninth in the high attrition Italian GP his best result in the dry.

Petrucci’s main problem stems from the fact that Michelin’s softer-built rear tires introduced in 2020 are too soft for him – the Italian is the tallest and heaviest rider on the grid at 181cm and 80kg.

As a result, he struggles to make the most of the tire in qualifying, while its size in turn costs him top speed.


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