Octo Pramac Ducati Team #9 Italian
Danilo Carlo Petrucci Born in Terni, Italy, on 24th October 1990. He is an Italian MotoGP racer who, since 2012 and currently races for the Pramac Ducati team.
Petrucci began racing in 1998 with mini trial and mini cross bikes. In 2006 entered the CBR600 Cup he was the best rookie.
In 2007 Petrucci competed in the Yamaha R6 Cup and also in the European SuperStock 600 Championship. His runner up position in the R6 Cup got him official support from Yamaha Motor Italia.
In 2008 Petrucci contested his first full international season in the European Danilo Petrucci SuperStock 600 championship, scoring two poles and earning seventh place overall in the championships.
In 2009 he won three races and earned fourth place overall in the European championship, also he became runner up in the Italian Superstock 1000 championship and won the Under 23 class.
In 2010 Petrucci raced in the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship with Team Pedercini, and also in the Italian Superbike Championship. In the latter championship, he finished in third place and won the Under 25 title.
In 2011 he again competed in the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship, riding a Ducati 1098R entered by the Barni Racing Team. With four victories and six poles, he ended the season as runner up behind Davide Giugliano. He also raced in the Italian Superstock 1000 championship, winning the championship title. Petrucci won the 2011 national Superstock Championship in his native Italy, as well as finishing runner up in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in the same year. A test rider for Ducati’s Superbike project.
Petrucci joined the IodaRacing team, riding a Claiming Rule Teams (CRT) bike with an Ioda chassis and an Aprilia RSV4 engine. The team switched to a Suter chassis and BMW engine. Petrucci finished 19th overall in the championship and 7th in the CRT class with 27 points.
Ioda continued with Suter/BMW machinery. Petrucci finished 17th overall in the championship and 5th in the CRT class with 26 points.
Petrucci remained with Ioda using Aprilia machinery. Petrucci crashed in the warm-up the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. He fractured his wrist missing the race. He returned for the Dutch TT at Assen. Petrucci finished 20th overall in the championship and 5th in the Open class with 17 points.
Petrucci joined Octo Pramac Racing. Petrucci took his first podium finish at the British Grand Prix in August. After starting 18th Petrucci moved through the field in wet conditions, and finished second behind Valentino Rossi.
He missed the first four races after suffering a broken hand in a pre-season testing crash at Phillip Island. Upon return he once again excelled in wet conditions during Dutch TT where he set the fastest lap and briefly led before the race was stopped (he ultimately retired with an electrical failure). He retired three times. His best finishes were two seventh places. Scoring 75 points and coming 14th in the Championship.
As he’d impressed Ducati so much with his 2016 season, they supplied him with the latest Factory Desmosedici for the season. To which Petrucci responded with his best season yet. Numerous podiums and so close to victory a few times. Danilo Petrucci narrowly missed out on two wins at Assen, Netherlands and San Marino, Italy coming second. Taking two thirds at Italy and Japan. Unfortunate to drop out on five occasions, or his points tally would have been much higher. Scoring 124 points and finishing eighth in the Championship.
He continues racing with the Octo Pramac Racing for 2018.
- Roland Potter