The former MotoGP rider, who competed in the premier class from 2012 to 2021 and won twice with Ducati, will contest the 2022 MotoAmerica Superbike season for the Warhorse Ducati team.
He made a stunning debut in the series at Circuit of the Americas on the MotoGP support bill, qualifying second and winning both races despite never having raced V4 Panigale before or Dunlop tyres.
It came after winning a stage on his Dakar debut with Tech3 KTM – with whom he raced his final season of MotoGP last year – in January.
Petrucci intended to do a full rally campaign with KTM but that fell through and later opted to move to the United States to race in MotoAmerica after discussions with Ducati.
The Italian initially opted out of a move to Superbike racing for 2022 as he felt his size, which was already an obstacle in MotoGP, would hinder him further in World Superbikes.
Petrucci has no longer ruled out going to the WSBK in the future, but thinks this year will be “a process” for him to find out if it’s something he wants to do as his final year in MotoGP has given him undermined his will to race competitively. on short circuits.
“I have to find my will to start again, because [on Sunday at COTA] I went on the grid as a MotoGP commentator and I felt really, really good, I didn’t miss racing in MotoGP, I was fighting for those two tenths, three tenths,” Petrucci said when Autosport in Austin told him. asked what it meant to win again. on the circuits after his last difficult year with KTM in MotoGP.
“It’s so difficult and after 10 years in MotoGP I was really tired, but I think this year will be a process.
“Maybe I will find the will to come back to World Superbike.
“But let’s say I want to focus on this year and maybe if I’m good I can stay here because I really like this place.”
Race winner Danilo Petrucci, Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC
Photo by: Brian J. Nelson
Petrucci also revealed he had offers to stay in MotoGP as a test rider but “wanted to change everything”, hence his brief spell in rallying.
“I had the chance to go to World Superbike, but last year was really difficult in MotoGP,” he added.
“In the middle of the season in Barcelona, I was fighting with Valentino [Rossi]. I was able to pass him and two laps later I crashed.
“When I pulled away from the gravel I said ‘maybe my time has come’. Got offers to stay in MotoGP as a test rider, a few opportunities to go to World Superbike .
“But no way, I wanted to change everything. I came here to have fun, to be in a new country.
“The environment is really good. I have a lot more talks with these guys [in the MotoGP paddock] more than a year in MotoGP!
“It’s really nice to be here, that’s why I chose to come here.”