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31/05/2021 News

Petrucci confirms his progression

Italian Grand Prix

After a solid performance in the rain at Le Mans, Danilo Petrucci confirmed his progress with the KTM RC16 by posting an encouraging ninth place, his best result in the dry since his debut with the Tech 3 team.


Eighteenth on the starting grid, Danilo Petrucci managed to move up well through the field at the Mugello circuit. A performance that didn’t diminish the pain of the Tech 3 rider, deeply affected by the tragic death of Jason Dupasquier. “Taking the start after having observed a minute’s silence in homage to Jason was difficult,” admitted Petrucci. “The first laps were tough. It was only towards the end that I managed to pick up a good pace.” For his part, Iker Lecuona fought for a long time with Valentino Rossi, to finally finish in eleventh place. “I am happy to have been able to fight for a place in the top ten,” commented the Spaniard. “I learnt a lot today.”



As in Le Mans, the two Elf Marc VDS Racing riders didn’t manage to cross the final finish line at the Mugello circuit. Augusto Fernandez was the first to go down, on the very first lap. “I wasn’t able to avoid contact with Ogura when he came back at me, as I was in the process of overtaking him,” explained the Spaniard. “I braked a little bit harder to try and not touch him and lost the front end. I didn’t get a good start and I was trying to win back places… It is a pity because I felt good on the bike.” Sam Lowes was hoping to get onto the podium when he fell on the sixteenth lap. Commented the British rider: “It is a big disappointment because I was feeling really good on the bike. I didn’t get a good start but I was coming back well. I had pulled back on the two leaders and was fighting with them. And then I made a small mistake … It is a good job the next race is soon. I need to make amends.”


Marked by the tragic death of Jason Dupasquier, the Italian Grand Prix saw Ayumu Sasaki finish just off the podium. The Japanese rider was one of the dozen or so fighting for the victory. Suffering from the consequences of his previous day’s crash, Sasaki manage to get across the finish line in fourth place. “After yesterday afternoon’s crash it was really difficult to get into race mode. I thought that today I would be able to get onto the podium but given all that happened this weekend, this fourth place isn’t a bad result. Especially as I am not far from second place overall.” His teammate had less success. Despite showing good speed during qualifying, Deniz Öncü fell at the beginning of the race, at corner number seven.







Danilo Petrucci


14th (23 points)

Iker Lecuona


20th (13 points)


Sam Lowes


4th (66 points)

Augusto Fernandez


13th (23 points)


Ayumu Sasaki


3th  (57 points)

Deniz Öncü


23th (8 points)