Manufacturing facility Ducati outcast Petrucci has joined Tech 3 for 2021 after signing straight with KTM, and can experience as a factory-supported rider at Herve Poncharal’s squad.
The double MotoGP race winner signed with KTM earlier than it demonstrated its race-winning kind throughout the coronavirus-truncated 2020 season, however says he knew KTM’s potential following the step ahead it had made with its RC16 in 2019.
When requested by Motorsport.com following KTM’s launch event last Friday if he might anticipate extra from his debut Tech 3 season than he might throughout his manufacturing facility Ducati tenure, he replied: “For certain, within the final two years I used to be in a position to win a race per yr.
“However I believe I used to be the primary one to see and imagine in KTM and the improve they bought already on the finish of 2019.
“So, it’s an enormous change as a result of after six years [with Ducati] it was time to affix one other manufacturing facility like KTM. Particularly as a result of I noticed within the final a part of 2019 the advance, and because the starting of 2020 the bike has been very quick.
“They’d gained already within the third races of the championship and the final race of the championship. So, it’s an enormous, massive alternative for me.
“For certain the goal is to win once more and to win with KTM, with this producer, [which] implies that I’ll have gained with two completely different producers which simply only some riders had been able to doing. So, it’s an enormous goal and I need to do it.”
Petrucci says the strain on him now he’s with a satellite tv for pc staff once more is a minimum of it will be if he was nonetheless a manufacturing facility staff rider.
“Yeah, perhaps up to now, however in case you have the identical bike [as the factory riders] like I had in Pramac, this implies you may struggle for the highest positions,” he defined.
“For instance, Miguel [Oliveira] final yr with Tech 3 gained two races. So, it means when it comes to strain I don’t care about this as a result of I do know I’ve the complete manufacturing facility bike, so I’ve to remain in entrance. I don’t have much less or extra strain than the Purple Bull [factory] guys.”
He added: “I don’t suppose there are benefits of disadvantages [of a satellite team compared to a factory]. We’re technically talking all on the identical stage with the bike. So, sadly, I’m the oldest one in every of 4 however essentially the most skilled.
“So, I experience different bikes in MotoGP so I may give a variety of expertise again. I don’t see any massive factor in comparison with the Purple Bull manufacturing facility. I imply, we’re manufacturing facility [-supported] too.”