Petrucci reunites with Ducati for MotoAmerica 2022 change

Two-time MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci will join MotoAmerica in 2022 after losing his Tech 3 KTM race, rekindling his relationship with Ducati.

As widely expected in the build-up to the new season, Petrucci will replace World Superbike entrant Loris Baz aboard Warhorse HSBK’s only Ducati Panigale V4 R in the 11-round championship.

The Italian rider already enjoyed a successful relationship with Ducati in MotoGP between 2015 and 2020, first with Pramac before being promoted to the factory team in 2019. During this time Petrucci won two races, including one first triumph on home soil at Mugello. , while securing a best result of sixth in the championship.

His move to KTM lasted just one season as he struggled to get to grips with Tech 3’s RC16, although he did impress the Austrian manufacturer with a stage win on his debut. at the Dakar Rally last month.

To give himself the best chance of success in MotoAmerica, Petrucci will relocate near Warhorse HSBK’s base in Pennsylvania ahead of the season opener at Daytona March 10-12.

He is also set to test the Panigale V4 R at Portimao next week alongside Ducati WSBK factory riders Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

“I’m so happy to be back racing with Ducati, and I would like to especially thank everyone at Ducati who made this project possible,” said Petrucci.

“I spoke about this project with Eraldo Ferracci (Advisor, Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York) at Circuit of The Americas last year and all the management starting with Claudio Domenicali, Gigi Dall’Igna, Paolo Ciabatti and Davide Tardozzi , and they were really happy to have me back on board.

“I want to keep having fun and keep cycling, so I chose this project to do a new experience on a human level. I’m going to live in America, it’s something new and exciting for me, so I’m very curious and eager to start.

Loris Baz, HSBK Racing Ducati New York War Horse

Photo by: Ducati Corse

Warhorse HSBK was Ducati’s top team in MotoAmerica last year, propelling Baz to fourth in the Riders’ Championship behind Yamaha duo Jake Gagne and Mathew Scholtz, and Suzuki’s Cameron Petersen.

Baz returned to the WSBK this year with BMW Bonovo satellite gear, allowing Petrucci to move up to MotoAmerica.

“It has long been our goal to get back to the top level of national road racing in the United States in the most competitive way,” said Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America.

“Between an incredibly talented rider, the seasoned Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York team and the support of our colleagues at Ducati Corse, we are confident that we will deliver an exciting season for our Ducati fans and the sport motorcycling community. “

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