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Petrucci continues to impress Pramac MotoGP team

"In Qatar we will need to set aside the performance and work on the race pace"
New signing Danilo Petrucci continued to impress the Pramac Ducati team during last week's Sepang MotoGP test.

The Italian, riding a Desmosedici GP14.1, improved on his best lap time at the opening Malaysian test by half-a-second, putting him twelfth overall and only 0.8s from the best Ducati lap by factory star Andrea Iannone.

"What satisfies me most was Danilo's steady growth combined with the awareness of difficulties and peculiarities of the bike,” said Pramac team manager Francesco Guidotti. “A process that is moving forward and that is evolving day by day, in line with our expectations and with the schedule we set.

“We are still getting to know each other and there have been no surprises so far, indeed only positive indications. The level he has already reached is more than satisfactory. In the light of the first two tests at Sepang, the knowledge gained and the first contact with the Desmosedici GP14 are already interesting".

Turning to the final pre-season test, in Qatar later this month, Guidotti added: "We have only one goal: to focus on the race distance…. In Qatar we will need to set aside the performance and work on the race pace.”

On the other side of the Pramac garage, last week's test saw the return of Yonny Hernandez after missing the first Sepang test due to a training injury. The Columbian was one place behind Petrucci on the timesheets, riding a GP14.2.

"Unfortunately we hadn't the possibility to work enough on the set up as he has not recovered yet his best condition after the injury. All things considered Yonny lapped fast but it is clear that he is still far from the right shape after three months away from the track. We expect him to to speed up in Qatar,” Guidotti said.

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March 04, 2015 3:26 PM

It's a great pity that Petrucci and Hernandez - and for that matter Barbera too - aren't getting GP15s. They are all riding well, and would go better on proper satellite Ducatis. Also, the factory misses out on a heap of useful data to aid the ongoing development. There's no way that the GP15 is fully sorted yet, despite promising reports and lap times from the factory riders, and they need all the data they can get. Anyway, props to Danilo for a great start to his GP career!

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